David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

October 25, 2014 - December 21, 2014

Spanning a period of twenty-four years—from 1989 to 2013—the paintings, sculptures, and videos in SHE present a broad-ranging selection of contemporary depictions 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, along with others who depict women more incidentally. Candice Breitz 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 Jeff Koons images of women are purely incidental—part and parcel of his Pop renderings. Reflecting the taste of the anonymous collector, the works in SHE combine to present a select overview of art and its approaches to women at the turn of the century.

Curated by: Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: George Condo, The Banker's Wife, 2011

Location Bell Gallery and Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center
Collection Highlights: Serial Order
October 25, 2014 - December 21, 2014

This exhibition of works on paper from the permanent collection is organized around the David Winton Bell Gallery’s recent acquisition of twelve Hilla and Bernd Becher duotone lithographs, Framework Houses, (1970/1993). In 1959 the Bechers began meticulously documenting Germany’s industrial landscape and arranging groups of like images into gridded typologies. Their use of serial order and the grid as organizing principles paralleled the systematic procedures deployed by many minimalist and conceptual artists of the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition features work by the Bechers alongside that of Jennifer Bartlett, Agnes Martin, and Frank Stella.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin and Alexis Lowry Murray 
Image: Hilla and Bernd Becher, Holzhäuser Straße 2, Allendorf, 1973/1993 

Location List Art Lobby
August 30, 2014 - October 12, 2014

Tristan Perich opens at Cohen Gallery on August 23

Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening. Tristan PerichZarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Unified by a shared economy of means, all three projects prompt participants to consider the dynamic relationship between sound, space, and personal subjectivity, while addressing a distinct set of historical, social, and sonic concerns.

Curated by Alexis Lowry Murray
Image: Tristan PerichMicrotonal Wall: 1,500 divisions of four octaves from C3 to C7, 2011 

Location Main Gallery, List Art Lobby, Cohen Gallery
July 12, 2014 - August 10, 2014

Featuring works by Chicago photographer Melissa Ann Pinney, The Girls of Summer evokes the sights and sounds of that season of leisure—our return to the out-of-doors after the confines of winter and school. As she has since the late 1980s, Pinney focuses on “feminine identity . . . exploring the persistence of the child in the woman and the early cultivation of the woman in the child.”  She draws our attention to the joys of tree climbing and the exuberance of a soccer match, and to quieter moments of friendship or contemplation.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Melissa Ann Pinney, Lake Michigan, August, 2009/2011

Location List Art Center Lobby
June 6, 2014 - July 7, 2014

In continuing celebration of Brown University’s 250 anniversary, The David Winton Bell Gallery presents Going Nowhere: Alumni Artists in Providence. For Going Nowhere, Peter Glantz '98, Kevin Hooyman '98, Xander Marro '98, Jenny Nichols '01, David Udris '90, and Tatyana Yanishevsky '05 have each produced new works in practices that range from printmaking to performance. Here, narratives of the simple and fantastic are complicated by tensions between wildness and structure, density and ephemerality, and specificity and largeness.

Curated by Jori Ketten '02, with Alexis Lowry Murray '07 
Image: Kevin Hooyman, Speed Demons, 2013, Ink and watercolor on paper

 

 

Location Lobby and Main Gallery
April 12, 2014 - May 25, 2014

Established in March 1764, Brown University will celebrate its 250th anniversary from March 2014 thru May 2015.  To mark the semiquincentenary, the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art have come together to celebrate the significant and distinct contributions that alumni from Brown University have made within the visual arts.  Six alumni artists have been invited to present their work in solo exhibitions presented throughout the spring semester, 2014.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin, Wendy Edwards, Alexis Lowry Murray, Ian Alden Russell
Image: Taryn Simon, Cyropreservation Unit, Cryonics Institute, Clinton Township, Michigan, from An American index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

Location Gallery and Lobby
February 15, 2014 - March 30, 2014

Established in March 1764, Brown University will celebrate its 250th anniversary from March 2014 thru May 2015.  To mark the semiquincentenary, the David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art have come together to celebrate the significant and distinct contributions that alumni from Brown University have made within the visual arts.  Six alumni artists have been invited to present their work in solo exhibitions presented throughout the spring semester, 2014.

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin, Wendy Edwards, Alexis Lowry Murray, Ian Alden Russell
Image: Paul Ramirez Jonas, The Commons, 2011

Location Gallery and Lobby
January 21, 2014 - February 2, 2014

The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Department of Visual Art present the work of talented student artists in Brown's 34th annual Student Exhibition.  Exhibition jurors are Providence artist Kelli Rae Adams and painter Susan Lichtman, Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Brandeis University and a Brown alum. 

Location Gallery and Lobby
December 14, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Sculptors on Paper presents prints and drawings by ten post minimal and pop artists known primarily for working in three dimensions. Part of a series highlighting objects from the David Winton Bell Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition sheds light on the parallel, often under-recognized practices of these artists, and provides an intimate lens into their working methods.

Curated by Alexis Lowry Murray and Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1967

Location List Art Center Lobby
October 19, 2013 - December 8, 2013

An accomplished hyper-realistic draftsman in many mediums, San Antonio-based artist Vincent Valdez composes portraits and scenes that appear to promise historical representation, factual narrative, and, perhaps, truth.  His works are, however, fantasies whose misleadingly realistic depiction belie committed and sincere critiques of masculinity, gender roles, and social and political orders. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, Valdez has exhibited extensively in Texas, the Midwest, the Southwest, and Los Angeles. This exhibition marks his solo debut on the East Coast.

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Vincent Valdez, Untitled from The Strangest Fruit, 2013

Location Gallery and Lobby
September 9, 2013 - October 6, 2013

This selection of American paintings created between 1967 and 1976 and drawn from the collection of the David Winton Bell Gallery is organized around Salute, a new acquisition by Australian American artist Denise Green. 

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: Denise Green, Salute, 1976

Location List Art Lobby
June 10, 2013 - July 19, 2013

An installation of several thousand handmade ceramic objects and several hundred jars of local produce canned by the artist, Breaking Even expands upon Kelli Rae Adams's ongoing investigations of materiality, process, labor, and value. In this project for the Bell Gallery and her first solo exhibition, Adams addresses the current economic moment, particularly as it relates to creative endeavors, offering a participatory inquiry into the nature of value and the mechanisms through which we receive and quantify the work and energies of others. 

Curated by Ian Alden Russell
Image: Kelli Rae Adams, Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru [Detail], 2010

Location Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center