The Wedding Cake House opens with its inaugural show Ruffles, Repair and Ritual: The Fine Art of Fixing. The show features works by WARP affiliates Kristina Brown, Ian Cozzens, Maren Jensen, Natalja Kent, Sam Merrit and Nina Ruelle, and current WARP members Priscilla Carrion, Cybele Collins, Jim Drain and Lu Heintz.
Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: the Fine Art of Fixing celebrates the renovation of the Wedding Cake House into a cultural facility that will support an Artist in Residence program and expansion of the Dirt Palace, a feminist art space going strong in Providence since 2000. This inaugural exhibition, opening on May 18th 2019, mounts 150 artist works to honor the 150th anniversary of the house being built. The exhibition is comprised of four components : Long term installations composed of commissions built into the space, flat works for viewing on the walls, literary and research projects that will be presented on web and in print formats, and time-based pieces that will be part of a series of events programed. Conceptually artists have been asked to consider the following; pattern and the textile materials acquisitioned from the house in the collections of the RISD Museum and URI, decoration and the ornate architecture of the house, the history of the neighborhood and city over the last 150 years, immigrant experiences, changing ideas within feminism and concepts of sisterhood, as well as big picture ideas about what it means to repair both material things and relationships, cultures and histories. This scale of exhibition foregrounds the breadth and depth of extraordinary artists in Providence, in our extended community of artist run spaces, as well as artists who have built relationships with us from afar - seeking out models of alternative spaces that integrate feminism and identity in cooperative, accountable, and visionary ways.
The Phantom of Liberty presents works by more than 40 artists, designers, and collectives in the RISD Museum collection, offering the museum’s broadest exhibition of postwar art and design to date. These works — representing a range of media, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs — reflect various notions of “freedom” as being elusive or even imaginary ideals in contemporary life. Intersecting and overlapping themes include spirituality and religion, family and domestic spaces, and the ways power and authority shape geography and place. The exhibition also demonstrates the dynamic convergences within the visual arts and different design-based practices, revealing how disciplines have become more interdependent in recent years.
Closing December 30
REPAIR: WORK AS a RE-VISIONING PROCESS
RISD Museum Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm, October 6 & 7
Join WARP collective for a experimental twist on the logic of repair. Repair- the prefix Re means ‘back’ or ‘again’; the pair comes from the Latin parare meaning ‘to make ready.’ Repair- 'to make ready again.' As one can observe in the objects in Repair and Design Futures, for something to be repaired it does not necessarily need to revert to its original state but can move forward into something new. The stitches, patches, and dedicated handwork develop new design elements. The act of repairing becomes a visible and meaningful part of the object, poetically transforming and guiding the piece into new artistic terrain.
WARP collective will expand on the terms by which something can be ‘made ready again.’ Damage and defects will be the point of entry for artistic interventions that will reorganize, confuse, enhance, and elevate. The textile vocabulary of repair will be exaggerated and extended into bizarre and playful iterations. Your participation in this project is encouraged- bring objects, garments and fabric pieces that desire to be made ready again!
Free with Museum admission. And free Museum admission on Sunday.
Se Aculillo // las sutura tierna
Thursday, September 6 Opening Reception at Granoff Center 5:30- 7pm
Saturday, September 1 Opening at AS220 Resident Gallery 5 - 7 pm
An ongoing series, ¿Se aculilló?, which roughly translates to "Are you scared?" is opening this fall at both AS220 and the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts at Brown University. This particular installment, La sutura tierna ("the tender suture"), asks artists to consider the body and fear in relation to this theme. Exhibiting multiple mediums, including performance/live arts, from people who have origins, ancestral roots, and/or cultural ties to the region known as Latin America.
Sembrando Semillas ~ Opening August 30th 12-2pm
Sarah Doyle, 26 Benevolent St, Providence, RI 02912
Priscilla has returned from a solo show in San Ramon, Costa Rica and is sharing the recent work here in Providence too. Don't miss this beautiful collection of sewn and printed quilts.
Sandra's work is featured in the current RISD Museum exhibition:
From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Maya Weaving. February 23 to August 19.
At the heart of Guatemalan Maya culture lies weaving, and for more than 2,000 years Maya women have created intricate textiles on backstrap looms. This exhibition celebrates Maya weaving with textiles and garments made before 1917 displayed alongside new works by Sandra Lopez-Naz (RISD BFA 2017, Textiles), videos from Michy Lopez and Lucas Baisch (MFA Playwriting Candidate, Brown University), and a wall painting by Maya Ortiz Saucedo (RISD BFA 2018, Apparel).
This exhibition celebrates the reverberations of Maya weaving in southern New England’s thriving Guatemalan-heritage community by showing a group of intricately woven textiles and garments made before 1917 and donated as a collection to the RISD Museum in 1982. Displayed alongside these historic pieces, new artwork by Providence native Sandra Lopez-Naz, a wall painting by Maya Ortiz, and videos commissioned from local artists Lucas Baisch and Michy Lopez show the continuing resonance of indigenous Maya culture in contemporary activism and artistic production.