David Winton Bell Gallery

Upcoming Exhibitions

August 30, 2014 - October 12, 2014

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
SHE: Picturing women at the turn of the 21st century
October 25, 2014 - December 21, 2014

Spanning a period of twenty-four year—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.

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

Location Bell Gallery and Cohen Gallery, Granoff Center
NCECA 2015 Biennial
January 24, 2015 - March 29, 2015

The NCECA 2015 Biennial is an international juried ceramics exhibition organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and presented at the Bell Gallery in conjunction with Lively Experiments, the 49th Annual NCECA Conference that will be held in Providence from March 25-28. Jurors for this year’s exhibition are Linda Christianson, Minnesota studio potter; Jo-Ann Conklin, Director of the Bell Gallery; and Anders Ruhwald, Head of Ceramics, Cranbrook Academy of Art. From a slate of 1149 entries, the jurors choose fifty-one works issuing from 17 states and Canada, Hong Kong, Italy, South Korea and Sweden. Works range from functional pottery to installations with associated video or computer programs. 

Curated by Jo-Ann Conklin
Image: detail of Karin Karinson Nilsson, We Take a Deep Breath, 2013