Audible Spaces: Tristin Perich
September 5 - October 12
RECEPTION: September 5
Audibles Spaces features three installations spread across Brown University's campus that explore the dynamic relationship between sound and space. For the first installment of this exhibition, Tristan Perich's Microtonal Wall (2011) will be on display at the Granoff Center's Cohen Gallery. Drone like from a distance, the 25ft long 1-bit sound field dissolves into 1500 unique tonal variations up close, exposing the architecture of electronic sound itself, and the importance of positionality when listening.
Additional works in the Audible Spaces exhibition can be seen at the David Winton Bell Gallery.
October 24 - December 3
RECEPTION: October 24
Spanning a period of twenty-four years - from 1989 to 2013 - the paintings, sculptures, and videos in SHE present a broad-ranging survey of contemporary images of women. Drawn from a private collection, the exhibition includes work by artists, such as Jenny Saville and Cindy Sherman, for whom the position of women in society is a primary concern, alone with others who depict women more incidentally. Candice Brietz focuses on the portrayal of women in films, while the sometimes-controversial Lisa Yuskavage and John Currin reproduce images from popular magazines and soft-porn. The comic imagery of R. Crumb is channeled in Rebecca Warren’s crudely rendered female figures. Reworking historic painting styles, Glenn Brown and George Condo create outrageous and gloriously painted women. The idiosyncratic work of Yayoi Kusama is represented by an unusual painted self-portrait, while Chris Ofili's Orgena depicts an iconic African beauty [The title is a reversal of “a negro.”]. Finally, for artists Urs Fischer and Jeff Koons images of women are purely incidental—part and parcel of their Pop renderings. The works in SHE combine to present a select overview of art and its approaches to women at the turn of the century.
SHE is on display in the David Winton Bell Gallery through December 21, with Candice Brietz's Mother in the Cohen Gallery through December 3.
Design Driven Performance
December 8 - 19
Brown-RISD Dual Degree Annual Exhibit
January 22 - February 12
RECEPTION: January 23, 7-9pm
The show focuses on themes of neighborliness, proximity, and foreign belonging. Students were inspired by manicured and overgrown yards, backyard BBQs and water gun fights, high fives, embracing awkwardness, and bumping into someone and forgetting their name. The Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program is a five-year program in which students are dually enrolled in Brown University and the Rhode Island School of design and may earn a Bachelor of Arts at Brown a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RISD. Since the program began in 2008, the students have continued to host an annual exhibition featuring their work. Works from the 5th Annual Exhibition can be viewed online at: http://portfolios.risd.edu/BRDDFULL
February 19 - March 21
RECEPTION: March 7, 6-8pm
In 2004, a group of students started a multimedia publication called CHAISE as a way to distribute interdisciplinary artworks that normally aren’t seen in the same context, like music and sculpture, film and interactive apps, photography and furniture. The DVD magazine was a response to a change in the climate of art-related media production and distribution. The media departments were transitioning from Steenbecks to Final Cut Pro and from 16mm to miniDV. They were among the first students to experience high-speed internet in the dorms, but distribution platforms like Vimeo and YouTube had not yet arrived. Ten years later, those students are still making weird stuff that shouldn’t all fit together. Chaise Three features artworks by the founders of CHAISE, still crazy after all these years.
April 4 - April 30
Reception: Friday, April 4, 5-7pm
Lauren Gidwitz ’06, Laini Nemett ’06 and Ellen Uzane Schneiderman ’05 each build, excavate, and de-construct their own work-sites in a studio space in Long Island City that they built themselves. Through various painterly processes, they create their own imagined landscapes - places that could never exist and only exist in the painting space.
An Installation by Daniel Clayman
May 16 - June 27
Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5-7pm
Light passing through any transparent material is assigned an Abbe Value, a mathematical number expressing how much light is dispersed upon passing through a material with a particular refractive index. Working with the Abbe Value and the ensuing quality of light, Dispersions becomes three things at once: a lens projecting and bending light, a filter changing the color and pattern and an object that redefines the space through its towering presence. As the light shines through the antique glass a stage set is born. Dappled light, projected by the object, becomes a device to capture a moment, in particular, summer sun filtering through trees.
Ars Necronomica: Mythos and Legacy from the Weird to the Bleak
August 20 - September 13
Ars Necronomica is a three-part exhibition that will redefine Lovecraft in the visual arts with a body of new work by contemporary fine, commercial and outsider artists in examination of the life and creative output of a literary iconoclast. Nothing but the expected is off limits. This series of events is being held in conjunction with NecronomiCon Providence, and exploration of the intersections of the arts and sciences in the creative legacy of author H.P. Lovecraft, being held August 22 - 25, 2013, in his beloved home city of Providence, RI.
Toluca Editions: 6 Projects
September 26 - October 18
Toluca Editions: 6 projects is the first exhibition (2009) in the United States of the young art publishing house founded in Paris in 2003 by Alexis Fabry and Olivier Andreotti. Each Toluca publication is the result of an intimate collaboration between an artist -using the medium of photography- a writer, and a designer. The artist’s book as we have known it since the early 20th century gives way to a hybrid art object, taking up a novel position in the field. In 2008, the 16 works published by Toluca were exhibited at Mexico City’s Museum of Modern Art in a scenography conceived by Mauricio Rocha one of Mexico’s leading figures in contemporary architecture. Opening: Thursday, September 26 at 5:30pm.
Industrial Evolution: the Art of The Steel Yard's Public Projects
October 28 - November 22
Reception: November 14 @6pm
This exhibition feature the work of the Steel Yard's Public Projects department. It will display the original concept sketches, models, prototypes and materials used by local artists in the development of community based public art projects throughout Rhode Island. The show will explore these artist’s unique visions while highlighting the work of the many local organizations and municipalities that have funded and commissioned these unique works. The work will span the 10-year history of Steel Yard Public Projects and incorporate the work of over 50 artists, youth interns, students, and community members who contributed to the designs. The opening will be a celebration of local capacity, community efforts and innovation.
Beyond the Box
December 4 - December 19
Panel Discussion and Reception: December 4th beginning at 6pm
Thomas Banchoff is a mathematician and geometer who has taught at Brown since 1967. On the occasion of his retirement from teaching, the Cohen Gallery will host a retrospective on Tom's career, featuring images, video, and recreations of some of Banchoff's most recognizable polyhedrons. In his years at Brown, Banchoff has worked with faculty from various disciplines. Join us for a panel discussion on December 4th at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium featuring Tom and his collaborators: Richard Fishman (Visual Art), David Laidlaw (Computer Science, Shep Shapiro (Music), Julie Strandberg (Dance), Tom Webb (Geological Sciences), and Arnold Weinstein (Comparative Literature).