Cohen & Atrium Galleries

Photo of Jackie Sumell's "Solitary Gardens, Andry Street, LA" installation, 2018

Jackie Sumell. Solitary Gardens, Andry Street, LA, 2018. Installation view, courtesy of the artist.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS FY2020

A Landscape Without Prisons
Sept 4 - Oct 13, 2019
Multi-disciplinary artist and prison abolitionist Jackie Sumell presents work that addresses institutionalized racism in the US and explores the built and natural environments. Included are drawings, photographs and sculptures from some of her seminal works, including The House that Herman Built, about the 41-year solitary confinement of Herman Wallace in Louisiana State Penitentiary; Herman's Library, books assembled from the list Wallace created while imprisoned; and Solitary Gardens, which transforms prison cells into garden beds.
 


PAST EXHIBITIONS FY2019

The Interior Landscape
Apr 18 - Jun 14, 2019
A collaborative exhibition from American writer/translator Forrest Gander and Indian ceramic artist Ashwini Bhat, The Interior Landscape imagines an eco-poetics of place. Exploring classical Tamil poetry, Mahabalipuram temple architecture, paleo-acoustics, and fossil memories preserved in ancient ceramic objects, this exhibition invites viewers to cross borders of time, culture and geography in the most intimate of gestures: the touch of a finger in clay, love poems in and out of translation, prayer, meditation and rhythmic pulse.

Wild Edible Botanicals
Apr 4 - Jun 14, 2019
Since 2008, Jimmy Fike has been creating a photographic archive depicting America's rich trove of wild edible flora. The project has taken him to 15 different states to amass a collection of over 140 specimens. His botanical images function as reliable guides for foraging. They also ask the viewer to contemplate evolution and humans' relationship to the plant kingdom.

Brown's 39th Annual Student Exhibition
Feb 26 - Mar 20, 2019
The 39th Annual Student Exhibition presents work in various media and genre by currently enrolled Brown University students regardless of concentration. The juried show highlights a range of approaches through which students share their creative response to the world around them.

After Hours: Annual Staff Exhibition
Jan 10 - Feb 22, 2019
Atrium Gallery
After Hours is the 2018-19 edition of an annual exhibition highlighting the creative talents of staff members working in departments and programs throughout Brown University.

On Protest, Art and Activism
Oct 1 - Dec 19, 2018 | Cohen Galley
Nov 2 - Dec 19, 2018 | List Art Building Lobby (64 College Street)

A series of exhibitions, installations and public programs exploring art and activism, featuring works by Badlands Unlimited with Paul Chan, Hermine Freed, Jo'Tovia Gary, Theaster Gates, Suzanne Lacy, Josephine Meckseper, Howardena Pindell, Martha Rosler and Dread Scott.

A Woman Was a Woman
Oct 3 - Dec 19 | Atrium Gallery

Brooklyn-based artist and feminist Sue Julien presents a series of portraits of women from both history and obscurity that illustrates the complexity of being female in a sexist world. The works are archival digital prints of the artist's Prismacolor drawings, which have been photographed through a glowing light box and digitally colorized.

Sea of Troubles: Rising Seas & Sinking Cities
Aug 27 - Sept 23, 2018 | Atrium Gallery

Artist, architect and environmental activist Lisa Reindorf focuses her painterly lens on climate change. In Sea of Troubles, she examines the tension between natural patterning and architectural infrastructure, reflecting the fragility of the world's ecosystems.

Observers and Creators
Aug 20 - Sept 22, 2018 | Cohen Gallery

David Bowen's sculpture and installations explore the intersections and relationships between natural and mechanical systems. Playing parallel roles of observer and creator, his constructed devices offer perspectives on dynamic situations and living systems—what he considers a collaboration among the natural form, the mechanism and the artist.
 



PAST EXHIBITIONS FY18

Simulating Nature
May 17 - Jun 15, 2018
In Simulating Nature, Daniel Miller explores relationships to the natural world through organic systems replicated with the use of robotics, media, electronics and sculpture. The resulting dynamic artworks examine the parallels and incongruities between the human experience and the environment.

White Wanderer
Apr 5 - Jun 1, 2018
Atrium Gallery

The Atrium Gallery features a new audiovisual work by Luftwerk — artistic collaborators Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero — that brings to life the cracking of the Antarctica ice shelf. This exhibition was organized in association with the BAI Spring 2018 symposium Polar Opposites: Creative Interventions in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Open Waters [Northwest Passage & Polar Sea]
Apr 5 - May 6, 2018
Cohen Gallery
Open Waters [Northwest Passage & Polar Sea] is a new work from an ongoing collaboration among visual artist Andrea Wollensak, mathematician and computer scientist Bridget Baird, poet Judith Goldman and sound artist Brett Terry. It uses generative art to explore the rich history of Arctic expeditions and current climate change realities through audio visual events inspired by climate data. This exhibition was also organized in association with the BAI's symposium Polar Opposites.

The Wall
Mar 1 - Mar 23, 2018
Cohen Gallery
The Wall combines sculpture, painting and sound installation to create a complex oral and visual portrait of the border territory between the United States and Mexico. This exhibition of work by Gregory Thielker is a timely examination of border geography and its human conditions.

Spring Arts Fest Exhibition
Mar 1 - Mar 23, 2018
Atrium Gallery
This exhibition, curated by the BAI Student Arts Council in conjunction with the annual Spring Arts Fest, features the work of Brown undergraduate students.

Annual Brown | RISD Dual Degree Exhibition
Jan 24 - Feb 19, 2018
Cohen Gallery
This annual exhibition features work created by undergraduate students who are simultaneously earning degrees from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design.

After Hours: Annual Staff Exhibition
Jan 24 - Feb 22, 2018
Atrium Gallery
After Hours is the 2018 edition of an annual exhibition highlighting the creative talents of staff members working in departments and programs throughout Brown University.

When Caged Birds Sing
Nov 16 - Dec 15, 2017
Cohen Gallery
This sculpture exhibition by Ann Weiner highlights the stories of eight women who have endured physical, psychological and/or emotional pain as a result of abuse.

LUMEN
Oct 5 - Nov 6, 2017
Cohen Gallery
Inspired by Pope Francis' affinity for light as a metaphor for change, LUMEN — an immersive, multidisciplinary installation by Loretta Gargan, Thomas Kelley, Eric Nathan and Catherine Wagner — aims to abstract and recontextualize an act of spiritual contemplation.

Topographies of Wonder
Oct 5 - Nov 6, 2017
Atrium Gallery
This exhibition showcases Keren Kroul's large-scale, layered and cut watercolor-on-paper paintings that form into organic and vibrantly colored shapes.

Terré Mecanique by Kelly Nipper: In Process
A Performa Commission with Brown Arts Initiative
Sept 6 - Sept 24, 2017
Cohen Gallery
This presentation of new artwork by Kelly Nipper provides a glimse into the development of her new performance with collaborators from the MIT Self-Assembly Lab and others, shaped during a residency at the Granoff Center in summer 2017.

As I Listened to the Sounds of an Upstream Current
Aug 28 - Sept 24, 2017
Atrium Gallery
Local artist Letitia Bryon presents a series of paintings about a community originally from central America now working in Providence and New Bedford. Each painting is accompanied by a story based on interviews with community members, including human rights activists, fish factory workers and traditional textile artists.

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