A humble act first born of necessity, repair is an expression of resistance to the unmaking of our world and the environment. Repair and Design Futures is a multidisciplinary exhibition and programming series that investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. In this context, repair is framed as a useful exercise applied to beloved textiles and as a global, socially engaged practice within contemporary art and design culture, addressing environmental and sociopolitical ruptures. Objects range from Japanese boro garments and Indian Kutch quilts to a hunter’s ensemble from Mali, a Naskapi caribou coat, Swiss worker’s trousers, and fashionable and utilitarian American clothing. Close examination of darns, patches, and stabilized areas of these emotive, often everyday objects acts as a springboard to considering and discussing the ways in which mending can serve as a visual and emotional aid to socially engaged design thinking.
Year of the City: The Providence Project is an unprecedented year-long exploration of the history, life and culture of Providence’s twenty-five neighborhoods through exhibitions, performances, walks, lectures, and conferences produced by more than 50 different curators.
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An exhibition of watercolors and botanical specimens of plants native to the lost Cat Swamp habitat in the Wayland and Blackstone neighborhoods on the East Side.
The confluence of the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck Rivers provided a gathering place for Rhode Island’s earliest inhabitants. Since then, these and other waterways have been central to the development of our capital city. This exhibition will explore the waterways’ evolution from colonial thoroughfares, to critical lines of transport for Rhode Island’s early industries, to the civic gathering spaces they are today.
The conference is your chance to connect with SAH members from around the world, share your research, discuss critical issues in the field, build professional relationships, and explore the rich architectural heritage of Providence.
This exhibition examines the work of Harry Callahan and Carmel Vitullo within the context of the city's physical and social transformations during this time and notions of postwar female subjectivity.
The exhibition Ruffles, Repair & Ritual: the Fine Art of Fixing will mount 150 works for the opening of the Wedding Cake House Project in celebration of bringing the historic house back on line 150 years after its initial completion.
Join us for an exhibit reception on Monday, February 18th at 6pm.
Living in a world of constant change requires ever-recurring adjustments in forms of repair as things break, decay, or fall into pieces. The Adaptive Reuse and Exhibition design studio by the Department of Interior Architecture, RISD, under guidance of Prof. Markus Berger investigated creative and generative topics of repair by engaging the 200-year-old Cathedral of St. John and the Center of Reconciliation RI. The proposed projects by the students, through potential rewriting of content, program, and meaning, envisioned new futures that reinvigorate the cathedral and its undercroft and create connections to the community of Providence.
Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5.00-7.00pm
Saturday, Feb. 23. from 2.00-5.00pm
Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5.00-7.00pm
Saturday, March 02, from 2.00-5.00pm
Joanne Pope Melish will explore the role of enslaved and free people of color in the rise of Joseph Nightingale, the Providence merchant whose elegant Benefit Street mansion is now the home of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She will place the Nightingales within the network of commercial elites that governed colonial Providence, and she will show how a corresponding network of enslaved and free laborers of color sustained the lives of Joseph Nightingale and his merchant friends, made his mansion-building possible, and shaped his and his children’s ideas about liberty, race, entitlement, and power.
Providence is a city of hidden histories, some lying beneath the ground waiting to be unearthed and others tucked away in overlooked buildings and backstreets. Join Brown and RISD students as they share a diverse range of stories from Providence's past that they have uncovered through archaeological excavations, archival research, and collecting local memories and oral histories. Short presentations and posters will also feature the students' original proposals for how we might interpret and preserve these pieces of Providence's heritage in creative, accessible, and sensitive ways.
This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship of Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) program and reaches a statewide audiences of thousands. Each January for the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, RIBS tellers, local artists and invited national and international guests bring the best of Black Storytelling to Rhode Island and Southern New England. For an entire week, Rhode Island will experience some of the best cultural arts programming across the state for the 20th year in a row.