Archive for the ‘ art ’ Category
BY H.L. Parker
Mayor Angel Taveras joined city planners Thursday to announce a three-year, citywide demonstration program called PopUp Providence.
The installation of two “Before I Die” chalkboard walls, where passers-by can share their ‘bucket-list’ wishes. This project was initiated by community artist Candy Chang in 2011. Since then it has been replicated in 50 countries across the world. This project is a joint partnership with Cornish Associates, Building Futures, the Downtown Improvement District and the City’s Department of Planning + Development. The project was recently installed in Kennedy Plaza and at Grants Block in Downtown Providence.
Kate Bramson had a nice piece in the ProJo about some out-of-towners visiting the Grants Block wall. Future Pop-Ups on tap this year include a pop-up music studio, a parklet on Thayer Street, banners in Olneyville, and a photo collage on Broad Street. Details here.
BY Beth Comery
Now on view — Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.
Between 1964 and 1966, Warhol created more than 350 Screen Tests, 20 of which are screened in this exhibition. Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Nico, Lou Reed, and Susan Sontag were among the hundreds of subjects, all posed and recorded on 100-foot rolls of silent, black & white film by Warhol’s stationary 16mm Bolex camera. These portraits are projected in slow motion so that each lasts about four minutes; as a sequence, they induce an almost hypnotic reverie that “help the audiences get more acquainted with themselves,” as Warhol once said.
‘Screen Tests’ runs through May 11 in the Spalter New Media Gallery. A screening of two other Warhol films, ‘Kiss’ and ‘Eat’ (also silent and in black and white) is scheduled for November 21st at the Metcalf Auditorium.
BY H.L. Parker
Children’s book author and illustrator Mark Teague — the Dear Mrs. LaRue series, Funny Farm, Doom Machine, The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf — recently installed this dinosaur mural above the rear window at Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street. They won a contest or something; see the work in progress at the Facebook page. Detail of little dog after the jump.
BY Daily Dose
This show will feature the original concept sketches, models, and prototypes 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.
6pm to 8pm, Thursday, November 14, Granoff Gallery, 154 Angell Street, Facebook
BY Beth Comery
And it’s a free download. Local roots rockers the ‘Mericans — Chris Daltry, Matt Rozzero, Michael Moore, and Paul Williamson — put their own spin on original songs about Providence and/or by Providence artists including: Small Factory, Honeybunch, Roz Raskin, Scarce, the Brother Kite, Deer Tick, even Death Vessel whom Daltry chose to cover in a lower register (I offered to join him in the studio and punch him in the nads, but he went in a different direction). Says Daltry,
This is an album of the ‘Mericans covering 20 different Providence (and nearby) bands from 1987-2013. It contains both legends and lesser-known artist. It’s been a huge undertaking and it feels great to finally be able to put it out there.
Click here for your free download or just to listen. The ‘Mericans will be performing a set of these tributes at the upcoming Providence Phoenix 35th Anniversary Party at Lupo’s on November 21st, about which more later.
(Cover art by Uncle, aka Pete MacPhee. Love the Rhode Island Red which totally reads as ‘eagle’ until you notice its noble comb.)
[Additional Note: Read Chris Conti's cover story in this week's Providence Phoenix — The sounds of the city. Daltry discusses each band and how they affected or intersected with his own life. It's a charming and informative guide to a certain slice of Providence musical history. It's always nice to hear the perspective of a transplant. Daltry loves music, loves musicians, and loves his adopted city. BC]
BY Daily Dose
(11.8) The Athenaeum hosts a salon Friday featuring Brown University Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies Laurel Bestock on “The Lure of the Exotic: Egyptomania in the wake of the Napoleonic expedition.”
When Napoleon invaded Egypt at the turn of the 19th century, his forces included a group of scholars, artist, engineers, and other scientists assigned to document everything from the flora and fauna to the architecture and antiquities they found. Their work culminated in the publication between 1809 and 1829 of the Description de l’Egypte, a large-format, multi-volume, comprehensive description, complete with detailed engravings, of ancient and modern Egypt, including its natural history. The dissemination of this monumental work sparked “Egyptomania” – a veritable craze for ancient Egyptian culture – throughout the Western world; its influence could be traced through everything from literature to fashion in the early to mid-nineteenth century.
The Athenaeum was able to purchase a copy of the Description in 1836; it is still available for viewing by the public today. This Salon serves as prequel to a series that will continue in spring 2014 (when a related exhibit will open as well) on 19th century developments in travel, exploration, and natural history, including how their influence found cultural expression during that time.
5pm to 7pm, Friday, November 8, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street
BY Daily Dose
(10.31) The bear is very big. Head over to the List Center today at 5:30pm for a conversation with artist Nick Bibby —”How to make a bear . . . or a dodo: the lost wax method, sand casting, and the representation of wildlife, extant and extinct.” British sculptor Bibby is the creator of Brown University’s most recent public art installation and mascot, Indomitable, already in place on Ittleson Quadrangle next to the Nelson Fitness Center. (Make sure you check out the backside when you go; cute tush.)
Official dedication ceremony of Indomitable will be held at 5:45pm on Saturday, November 2 — part of Homecoming Weekend. More about this fabulous sculpture at the Brown University Public Art website.
Bibby bear talk, 5:30pm, Thursday, October 31, List Art Center, 64 College Street
BY Beth Comery
We first discussed Indomitable, the colossal Kodiak bear statue commissioned by Brown University, when the project was announced last summer. Now the wait is almost over and good news: the statue will be visible to pedestrians and motorists passing along Hope Street . . . and probably to cosmonauts in space as well.
The David Winton Bell Gallery has announced that prior to the official dedication the Public Art Committee, Brown Athletics, and the Brown University Sports Foundation will be hosting a conversation with sculptor Nick Bibby at the List Art Center on October 31st — “How to make a bear . . . or a dodo: the lost wax method, sand casting, and the representation of wildlife, extant and extinct.” (Jeez, Fiona Apple writes shorter titles.) The school will then be dedicating Indomitable on the Ittleson Quad in front of the Nelson Fitness Center (Hope Street at Cushing) on November 2nd as part of Homecoming Weekend. Go here for event details.
In the meantime, meet Carlos who had the daunting task of site-preparation. He informs us that the pedestal required 11 yards of concrete and extends five feet down. That ought to do it. Carlos will also be laying a decorative masonry apron of some sort in the surround. And, while being very modest about this contribution, he was clearly psyched at being part of such a unique project.
For more on Indomitable by Nick Bibby go here.
BY Beth Comery
A few more weeks left of the ‘Locally Made’ exhibit at the RISD Museum. This includes unique midday events (Assembly and Office Hours) in the Contemporary Art Gallery and Chace Center Art Galleries (see calender).
Don’t miss the exhibit of local artists on the sixth floor (go here for individual Studio Notes). Take some time to examine this grouping of screen prints, specifically the one at bottom by Brian Chippendale called ‘Providence 2046′ — the rewards are many. They should put a chair in front.
Also, spend three minutes with the mesmerizing video kaleidoscope ‘Factory’ by Anne Morgan Spalter. If you’ve ever had too much to drink at the Hot Club this might look vaguely familiar. And RISD faculty printmaker Andrew Raftery has rendered contemporary scenes using traditional engraving techniques — is anyone else anywhere even doing this? I covet these pieces.
Museum is closed Mondays. Admission is free every Sunday (10am–5pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5pm–9pm).
‘Locally Made’ through November 3, RISD Museum, 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street, directions
(10.12) Curious about the artists living and working at AS220? Solve that mystery by coming to the 2nd Annual AS220 Open Studio this Saturday from 4pm to 7:30pm! Rich Giasson and his famous ukeleles and wooden bow ties will be there with his partner April Gramolini, who made that stunning hat! Maps and info in the Mercantile at 131 Washington Street. And follow up the studio art with a special 115 Empire Performance Space program at 8:30 featuring AS220 residents! Music, spoken word, Live Art, and maybe a scene from a play?! Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Justine Mainville, Kevin Steinhauser, April Gramolini, Rich Giasson, K Lenore Siner, Cara Adams, Chris Hampson, Amanda Burgess, Sarah Quenon, Amanda Burgess, Joe DeGeorge, Jason Curzake and many others will open their studios to the public. See you Saturday!
4pm to 7:30pm, Saturday, October 12, Mercantile Building, 131 Washington Street
@95 Mathewson Street — AS220 Project Space, new drawings by Chris Kilduff/the Reading Room, new work by Emily Coxe
@115 Empire Street — AS220 Main Gallery, new work by David Planka and David Lee Black/Open Window, new paintings by Therea Iafrate/Youth Gallery (2nd floor), new work by Kenneth Norman
@131 Washington Street — Pot Luck, new work by AS220 residents
Free receptions, AS220 Galleries, 5pm to 7pm, Saturday, October 5, downtown
BY Beth Comery
Walter White in green? Is that a clue? What does it mean? This was one of the more popular panels to photograph last night at the Providence Rotary Street Painting Festival, but there were many special pieces. It should all still be out there; take a walk and check it out.
Nothing much on television tonight — just Breaking Bad, Homeland, Masters of Sex, Boardwalk Empire, the Patriots’ game, Eastbound and Down . . .
BY H.L. Parker
(9.28) Artist, author, and Providence resident, Deborah Forman can help you learn new techniques and get the creative juices flowing with her new book, “Paint Lab: 52 Exercises Inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method.” This is a great book for the artist or other creative types in your life; an author reception and book signing follows.
“Paint Lab” is packed with unique and experimental techniques and ideas in painting. This hands-on book is organized into 52 units, which may, but don’t need to be explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked on in any order, so that you can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular painting theme or application.
Forman has a B.F.A., from RISD; M.Ed., Massachusetts College of Art; M.F.A., Painting, Parsons School of Design, and has taught at RISD, Massachusetts College of Art, Parsons School of Design and Wheaton College.
7pm, Saturday, September 28, Books on the Square, 471 Angell Street
BY Beth Comery
(9.28) This never disappoints. Check out the 14th Annual Rotary Street Painting Festival Saturday downtown on the skating rink. Chalk artists from all over the state are assigned their squares and turn the floor of the skating rink into a patchwork of colorful designs, competing for cash prizes and the all-important “People’s Choice” award. (This image from last year.)
Also taking place Saturday downtown: The First Annual “IonaFest,” hosted by the Art League of Rhode Island, will celebrate the life and legacy of Iona Dobbins, arts advocate and former executive director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and her contributions to the arts in Rhode Island.
“IonaFest” will begin with a public procession that will start at the Providence Performing Arts Center. In collaboration with Trinity Repertory Company and many others, a procession or New Orleans-style “second line” will wind its way through the downtown arts district to Westminster Street in Providence.
“Second Line” gathers at PPAC at 3:30pm. Details here.
Painting Festival, noon to 8pm, Saturday, September 28, Skating Rink, Kennedy Plaza,
BY Beth Comery
(9.25) Only a few days left to check out “Remembered Landscapes” at the Woods-Gerry Gallery. The impact of these glowing oil on linen landscapes does not depend on knowing how “remembered” they are, but the fact that artist Tom Sgouras was losing his eyesight during their execution does place him in some pretty exalted artistic company. Let’s see, there’s him . . . there’s Beethoven . . . who else? From the ProJo review of the exhibit,
A longtime professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Sgouros spent the last few decades of his life suffering from macular degeneration, a chronic eye disease that slowly robbed him of his sight and, potentially, his ability to make art. Yet rather than giving up, Sgouros fought back, forcing himself to keep working and teaching himself to paint by touch to compensate for his fading eyesight.
In addition to this luminous array are some of his earlier watercolor still lifes from a sojourn in Italy. Sgouras was on the RISD Illustration faculty from 1962 to 2007. Go to Cade Tompkins Projects for a comprehensive slide show and video of the artist.
Woods-Gerry Gallery, 1st floor, 62 Prospect Street, Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm/Sunday, 2pm to 5pm
BY Beth Comery
(9.20) Prequel Salon at Yellow Peril: New York-based sculptor Leah Poller in conversation with Athenaeum Director of Programs and Public Engagement Christina Bevilacqua from the setting of #BED, Poller’s solo exhibition at Yellow Peril Gallery (through October 13) which titillates new understandings of our relationship with the bed via small scale mixed media sculptures and site-specific interactive installations.
Bedridden after an injury, Poller spent many hours pondering the nature of the bed – in life, in language, and in art. Using found objects and visual metaphors, she created “101 Bed Collection,” a detailed examination of the history, meaning, and symbolic nature of that unique place where one-third of life is lived, and where the most significant of life’s activities are enacted.
As a prequel to an upcoming Athenaeum Salon Series on the history of salon culture, “The Cosmology of Conversation,” and in homage to the original salonnières of 17th century France, whose practice of cultivating conversation among their invited guests from the intimacy of their beds created an atmosphere where ideas of public and private came to define one another in a new way, the Providence Athenaeum will import its signature Salon sensibility to Yellow Peril Gallery for a discussion with Poller from a bed installed at the gallery about the concept behind #BED and how and where the project has taken flight since its launch in 2012. Shades of John and Yoko.
Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, September 20, Yellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley Street