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Gallery Night

6AM ON 20/06/2012
BY roxierose

gallery night (6.21) Find the breeze this Thursday 5pm to 9 pm on Gallery Night. Take the heat off in the air-conditioned galleries or feel the wind in your face on one of our bike tours.  Either way, it’s a fun and free way to get cool and see the art our creative capital has to offer. Bike tours take off at 5:30pm and 6pm.  Start at Regency Plaza in downtown Providence or wander at your own pace gallery to gallery.

(Gallery Night poster by Dana Levin)

5pm to 9pm, Gallery Night, Thursday, June 21, 401.490.2042, (parking and directions)

filed under: art | risd

Athenaeum Salon — Meet RISD Museum Director

8AM ON 19/04/2012
BY H.L. Parker

museum of art, risd (4.20) The Providence Athenaeum invites you to meet John Smith, the new director of the RISD Museum of Art, at this Friday’s Salon,

Smith took the helm at the Museum last fall; join us for a conversation with him at the six-month mark. What has he seen so far? What is he thinking about for the future? How does he envision the Museum’s role in an era where the experience of art is no longer always defined by place-based institutions? What role might the Museum play in the future of Providence? Take this opportunity to get to know the Museum’s new director.

Free and open to the public, 5pm to 7pm, Friday, April 20, the Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street

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Gallery Night Providence

12PM ON 18/10/2011
BY roxierose

.This Thursday October 20 from 5 to 9, join guides Deb Dormody (artist, book maker and Craftland strong woman) and Stephan Brigidi (photographer and professor) as they guide Gallery Night goers through the Providence’s art galleries and museums.  Tours leave from One Regency Plaza and start at 5:30 pm.  If a tour isn’t your thing, visit some of the galleries on your own.  The programming is always fabulous and you get to learn something and have some wine and cheese.  Check our website, for all the arts offerings.  Hey there’s even free parking.  A new gallery, Three Wheel Studio on Wickenden Street, features the wonderful pottery of Dwo Wen Chen.  Artwork by Francoise McAree at the Chazan Gallery.

Artwork by Francoise McAree at the Chazan Gallery.

Artwork by Francoise McAree at the Chazan Gallery.

401 490-2042

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Gallery Night Providence — September 15

7PM ON 11/09/2011
BY roxierose

Join our art tours or visit Providence galleries on your own:

  • AS220’s gallery director Neal Walsh and artist Meredith Younger lead the last bicycle tour of the season (5:30 pm from the Regency).
  • Clay artist Deb DeMarco leads a tour of contemporary galleries at 7.
  • Dr. Rebecca Leuchak takes you on tour of Arts In and Out of this World at 6:30 and actor Angie Margiotta leads the 5:30 tour.

Tours leave from One Regency Plaza starting at 5:30pm. Galleries are open from 5pm to 9pm. Info at 401.490.2042 or

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Gallery Night Providence in August

5AM ON 08/08/2011
BY roxierose


Having fun on Gallery Night

Having fun on Gallery Night

August is packed with great guides.  Costume/clothing designer Marilyn Salavtore guides you on a contemporary art tour at 5:30 pm.   A bicycle tour takes off at 5:30, led by Urban Arts director Jason Yoon and Recycle-A-Bike coordinator Jenna Johns-Yu.  URI gallery director Steven Pennell and actor/director Frank Toti lead a tour called “How to Look at Art” at 6 pm.  .  Collectors Robin Halpern-Ruder and Beth Rabin guide a collectors tour at 7 pm.   And painter Monica Shinn takes you on a tour at 6 pm.  If tours aren’t your thing, just park your car at One Regency Place in downtown Providence and wander through the galleries on Atwells Avenue or downtown.  Check out our website for more,, or give us a call at 401 490-2042.

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Gallery Night Providence is July 21st

6PM ON 09/07/2011
BY roxierose

Summer is the perfect time to check out Providence’s great galleries.  Take a leisurely walk down Atwells Avenue, or wander through downtown stopping to see the art and meet the artists.  Don’t feel like walking? Take a special bus tour with Christina Bevilaqua as she leads connects the dots between Providence’s past and present art scenes.  Like to bike?  Drs. Deborah Johnson and Robert Serinsky lead a bike tour.  Tours start from One Regency Plaza in downtown Providence at 5:30 pm.  Call 401 490-2042 or check our website at for more.  This month’s poster is by artist Frank Gasbarro.

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Gallery Night Providence on June 16

6PM ON 09/06/2011
BY roxierose

June 16- Take a bike tour of Providence galleries with graphic artist Derek Schusterbauer and artist Joan Wyand, or if you’d rathe ride a bus, join painter extraordinaire Ruth Dealy as she leads a tour of contemporary exhibit spaces.  Tours leave from One Regency Plaza in downtown Providence starting at 5:30 pm.  Everything is FREE.  Call us at 401 490-2042 or check out our website at  If you don’t feel like a tour, just drop in to any of the galleries on your own.  There’s plenty of wine and cheese to go around!

Stephan Brigidi exhibits at Gallery Z as part of Gallery Night Providence

Stephan Brigidi exhibits at Gallery Z as part of Gallery Night Providence

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Gallery Night Providence

9PM ON 02/04/2011
BY roxierose

April 21st promises to be a great evening for Gallery Night Providence.  Three celebrity guides who really know their stuff lead the tours. Artist/educator Bob Dilworth and Providence Preservation Society Executive Director (and former RISD Museum associate director) James Hall lead the celebrity bus tours. A special 5-gallery tour led by Rites & Reason managing director Karen Allen Baxter and Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrie explores contemporary Haitian art. Tours start at 5:30 pm from Regency Plaza in downtown Providence.  Call 401 490-2042 or check our website for more detailed information.

filed under: Get Out of the House | Science

Super Cool New MIT Exhibit

11AM ON 08/01/2011
BY Annie Messier

pianoThe MIT Museum’s 150 exhibit, highlighting 150 years of the institute’s history, opens today! I attended a sneak-peek reception last night, and it blinded me with science (seriously, MIT, those are some bright wall colors you’ve got there).  Colorful drinks were served in beakers and flasks, and hors d’oeuvre trays bubbled and steamed mysteriously.  Curator Debbie informed us that “150″ is the largest exhibit ever at the museum, and it’s the first one to have input from the entire MIT community, which resulted in a crazily wonderful mix of subjects.  Rhode Islanders had a hand in “150,” too: the look of the exhibit was designed by Providence firm Malcolm Grear and executed by Orion RED–meaning that the pedestals holding up some of the world’s most innovative ideas and discoveries were built in Smithfield.

Free public reception this Friday, January 14, 5pm to 8pm / 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge
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Want Your Own Warhol?

10AM ON 27/01/2009
BY Annie Messier

j0439010You may be in luck.  Madoff scandal victim Brandeis University is closing down its Rose Art Museum late this summer and selling thousands of works by artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Nam June Paik, James Rosenquist, and Roy Lichtenstein.  In addition to its collections, the Rose hosts public programs, live jazz on the second Sunday each month, and random lunchtime string quartet performances.  Today’s Boston Globe reports the museum’s closure and art sale, which understandably angers donors and their families, will create funds to reinvest elsewhere at the university.

“This is not a happy day in the history of Brandeis,” [Brandeis President Jehuda] Reinharz said last night. “The Rose is a jewel. But for the most part it’s a hidden jewel. It does not have great foot traffic, and most of the great works we have, we are just not able to exhibit. We felt that, at this point given the recession and the financial crisis, we had no choice.”

I don’t know about you, but I find this depressing as heck.  Rhode Island universities, please don’t follow suit.

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we get you kids

10AM ON 03/09/2008
BY Beth Comery

phonebooth_stuffing Welcome to this year’s freshman class… Brown, RISD, J & W… everyone.  You will find Providence is a wondrous but sometimes mystifying place.  If you are reading this then you have already discovered that the Providence Daily Dose is the go-to blog for ‘what to do’ and how to think.  We try to keep you posted on what bands are playing in what clubs, how to watch television, where to buy vegetables, who to vote for, and all things Muppet.

filed under: Brown | Conspiracies

Stuff you learned from TV

7AM ON 08/04/2008
BY Micah Salkind

Birds n BeesTonight from 6:30 to 8:30 don’t miss the opening of “Beyond the Birds and the Bees” – a public exhibit revealing the history of sex education in America over the last 100 years produced by the Public Humanities grad students at Brown. By looking at the military, schools and the ways that parents have explained the whole mess of intercourse perhaps we can better understand the state of our youth today. I wonder if there will be anything on rainbow parties … John Nicholas Brown Center, 357 Benefit St.

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opening tonight

5PM ON 21/02/2008
BY Beth Comery

RISD exhibition The new exhibition at the RISD Museum is called Evolution/Revolution:The Arts and Crafts in Contemporary Fashion and Textiles — just rolls off the tongue don’t it. Pictured here is… I don’t really know what the hell this is. opens Thursday/5:30 – 9:00PM/224 Benefit Street

filed under: Brown | War

yes, war is awful, but

12PM ON 15/02/2008
BY Beth Comery

toy bagpipers If you’ve got a box of men under your bed, or you like history, or you like anything, you should stop in and see the toy soldiers at the John Hay Library, Brown University. Formally the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, it’s all about the toy soldiers for me — over 5,000 of them, some with the original boxes. Everything from Crusaders and Huns, to Samurai and the British Raj (and my personal favorite, Napoleon’s Dromedary Corps, because camels are awesome) the sheer scale of this collection, as well as the detail and vivid colors, will make your head spin. Made all the more cool by the fact that this collection was put together by a female lady, and she started it on her honeymoon. She must have been interesting.

Just walk in the front door and inquire at the desk. They have always accommodated me (but they do recommend that you call ahead). 863-2414/20 Prospect Street

filed under: Arts | Get Out of the House

Music Fridays @ RISD Museum

11AM ON 08/02/2008
BY Beth Comery

music fri I am normally pretty suspicious of music collectives (it’s usually code for ‘overly-earnest hippies with weird instruments’). But tonight is Music Friday at the RISD Museum and the music is being provided by the Cozy Collective and these guys are great! Comprising Tim O’Keefe, Tony Teixeira, Umberto Crenca and Cliff Wood, Cozy Collective will be doing their DJ-remixed/jazz and electronica thang, with shows at 6PM and 8PM.

$5 for members, all others $8/21 and over/cash bar/tasting menu/party runs 5:30 – 9:00/224 Benefit Street/don’t touch the stuff on the walls

filed under: Arts | Brown

If Ritalin was sculpture…

7PM ON 29/01/2008
BY Beth Comery

… it might look something like this.

jae ko

Cut Folded Dyed & Glued‘ and totally mental! The new show at the Bell Gallery, Brown University, features the abstract and insanely labor-intensive sculptures of Jae Ko and Imi Hwangbo. What is the deal with these Korean artists and detailing? (See: Do-Ho Suh’s 2003 Bell Gallery show.) Are they paid by the hour?

Ko creates her works (‘untitled’ above) by layering and bending and folding and twisting ink-soaked paper. Her blacker-than-black wall reliefs are velvety and weird.

Hwangbo constructs her pieces by cutting several layers of mylar by hand to create wall sculptures so exquisitely pretty that you might walk past without paying proper attention. I don’t know if the museum was bothered by my behavior — no one said anything — but you really must put your cheek to the wall and check out the construction from the side. Then come back around to the front, and remind yourself, she cuts these things by hand!

The Bell Gallery keeps mounting great shows — props to curator Jo-Ann Conklin for this one — runs through March 5.



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