Brown Arts Initiative

Events + Exhibitions

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Upcoming Events

  • State of Urgency Exhibition

    Location: Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Room: Cohen Gallery
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    Protest Posters created for the Rhode Island Community by the Print Like You Give A Damn Press Collective - Summer 2020

    Print Like You Give A Damn Press Collective includes Kate Aitchison, Allison Bianco, Raynold Bidon, Julia Brough, Ian Cozzens, Ryan Dean, Tatiana Gomez Gaggero, Lara Henderson, Sara Inacio, Erin Lobb, Jose Menendez and Nafis M. White
    On view through Dec 15, 2020. During Fall 2020, Cohen Gallery is available to visitors to view through the west facing windows. 
    More information available here
  • Virtual

    Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper

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    ONLINE EXHIBITION PREMIERE | Raymond Hood and the American Skyscraper

    12:00 pm

    Architectural Historian Vincent Scully called Raymond Hood “the greatest skyscraper architect of all time” and the New Yorker once labelled him the “brilliant bad boy of architecture.” The exhibition employs Hood’s skyscrapers as a lens through which to examine architectural education and genesis as well as architectural technology and illumination.

  • Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art, and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds, will give a Pembroke Center virtual presentation “Revisiting ‘Is Feminism a Bad Memory?’: On Being Afraid and Being Disturbed,” on Tuesday, December 1st.

     In 2016, Pollock published the essay “Is Feminism a Trauma, a Bad Memory, or a Virtual Future?” in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Reading the event of feminism as a trauma both to its societies and to its potential subject—feminists—the article mounted an argument against the iterated feminist memory of warring generations and succeeding waves. While displacing the familialization of feminism that acts out the daughter’s unrelieved “anxiety of influence” in a phallocentric culture structurally committed to mother-hating and mother-blaming, the article explores psychoanalytical foundations for the ethical questions of responsibility in the struggle to incite and sustain the spaces of democratic subjectivities imagined beyond the paradigms of parents, children, and envious siblings.

    In her talk revisiting and elaborating on this work, Pollock will consider Donna Harraway’s endorsement of feminist blasphemy and examine the dominant theoretical and political trends within an expanding and still vital feminist project. Asserting that feminism cannot be allowed to be a memory, good or bad, dissected or regretted nostalgically, Pollock questions whether women, once called upon to play a historic role as a political force, continue to do so, and what critical voice can challenge some of the canons of contemporary thinking.

    Pollock’s discussion will proceed from a video presentation that will be made available to those who register for the event. Audience members will be able to view the video in full at a time of their choosing in advance of the discussion, which will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on December 1st. Register here .

  • Virtual

    Speculative Black Futures

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    Inspired by an expedition into the multidimensional realms of Octavia E. Butler’s archives, Heimark Artist in Residence Porsha Olayiwola (current poet laureate for the city of Boston) and CSSJ Visiting Artist Dara Bayer ’08 together explore patterns in the development of the individual and the collective. The virtual exhibition “reflection /abyss/ vision/ legacy” is a portal inward to imagine and re-imagine possibility. This program, moderated by Prof. Lisa Biggs, John Atwater and Diana Nelson Assistant Professor at Brown University will feature Olayiwola and Bayer in conversation to discuss their unique collaboration, the impact of Butler’s writing on their work, particularly at this moment, and how a trip to the Huntington Library provided them with insights into Butler’s process.

    Registration information here. 

  • Virtual


    Location: Virtual
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    Taylor Mac’s irreverent seasonal spectacular “Holiday Sauce” reimagined as a virtual celebration!


    Christmas as calamity—2020 Ibsen Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac and his long-time collaborators, designer Machine Dazzle, Music Director Matt Ray and producers Pomegranate Arts join together to celebrate the holidays in all of their dysfunction. Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! will blend music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate. There is more to the holidays than rampant capitalism and gift giving and in Taylor’s world, creativity and imagination are their own spirituality. This holiday season will be bittersweet for so many— Taylor Mac reminds us of the collective power of our chosen families, a message that will be of particular resonance this year when so many have lost so much.

    “a present from the island of misfit toys…a Christmas miracle” (LA Times)

    “Mac casts a cathartic spell…for all those who find caroling, eggnog and enforced family visits destabilizing.” (LA Times)


    Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce… Pandemic! was commissioned by the International Ibsen Festival and the National Theatre of Norway with additional support from FirstWorks with Brown Arts Initiative, Artpark-Lewiston, NY, ASU Gammage at Arizona State University, Berliner Festspiele, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Curran-San Francisco, The Guthrie Theater, The Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, Live Arts Miami, OZ Arts Nashville, Park Avenue Armory, Seattle Theatre Group and On The Boards, Stanford Live at Stanford University, Teatros del Canal Madrid, TO Live, UtahPresents, and Wexner Center of the Arts at the Ohio State University.

    Trigger warning! Performance may include mature content and is intended for adult audiences

    Pay what you can – 75% of ticket price goes to the artist   (suggested contribution: $10)