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.