December 15, 2012 – March 31, 2013

What does public space reveal about our city and society, past and present?

How might we envision and participate in the public spaces of tomorrow?

 In the fall of 2012, Brown students in “Urban Life: Anthropology in and of the City” explored public spaces in transition, focusing on Providence’s Kennedy Plaza. This student-curated exhibit draws from their own anthropological fieldwork to explore how the plaza has evolved and how it continues to be shaped by historical and current events, urban planning and design, social movements, and everyday users. Plazas are critical spaces for urban anthropologists – key sites for understanding the constant reworking of social life. Yet, Kennedy Plaza today, represents just one moment in the social history of Providence. By understanding its development and considering its future we shed light on the evolving story of the American city. Join us at the Haffenreffer Museum to learn more about public space and the Plaza, and to explore urban life and change in Providence.