Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Recent Acquisitions: Rhode Island College Permanent Artwork Collection

 

photograph of young child in orange jacket holding a green fern against a black background
Jesse Burke, I See a Darkness (from Wild and Precious), 2012, archival inkjet photograph
Dates: January 19-February 3, 2023
Artist Talk with Jesse Burke and Opening Reception – Thursday, January 19th, 4-7 PM

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Join us Thursday, January 19th, for a special artist talk from photographer Jesse Burke, who will discuss two of his series - Wild & Precious and Intertidal - which are represented in our permanent collection.

The Rhode Island College Permanent Artwork Collection, which consists of over 500 works of art ranging across mediums, geographic origins, and time periods, predates the 1978 founding of the Bannister Art Gallery. Thanks to generous and significant donations over the last three years, we have been able to strengthen the quality of our permanent collection and to increase the diversity of represented artists and subjects. New artists that are now featured in the collection include Marisol Escobar, Karel Appel, and Keisai Eisen. Visit the gallery from January 19th through February 3rd to see just a glimpse of our permanent collection holdings!

 

Mediums and Messengers

Fictional digital image in space
He Kunlin, 2029: Tale of Moon Trip (video still), 2019-2021, 4K color, 42:43 min. Courtesy of the artist and NanHai Art.
Dates: February 16-March 17, 2023
Curator and Artist Talk, in the gallery - Thursday, February 16th, 4-5 PM
Opening Reception – Thursday, February 16th, 5-7 PM

Mediums and Messengers, curated by Danni Shen, is a group exhibition of six artists and collectives, Beatrice Glow, He Kunlin, lololol.net, Yuri Pattison, Tiffany Sia, and Frank Wang Yefeng, which takes a critical and experimental approach to “new media” by drawing out the material, historical, and geopolitical formations that underlie various technological interfaces as well as their aesthetics. By working through modes and platforms such as Fiverr, Google Moon, interstellar travelogue, anti-travelogue, the doom scroll, war and time-keeping technologies, to online Daoist exercises, martial arts, and scriptures, such works examine how information is both shielded and revealed through various forms of production. 

In 1964, Marshall McLuhan infamously wrote “the medium is the message,” to express how a means of communication itself could tell us more about structural societal changes than the information that it carried. As this “Information Age” hurtles toward what seems to be an inevitable technological singularity (and future) ruled by big tech, surveillance, artificial intelligence, cognitive capitalism, and mass media–the question of “technology” surges to the fore as a highly contentious one. Through artmaking, how can we think about technology in different ways beyond the ever “new”, omnipresent, digital stream that carries us away, disembodied and out of control? 

It is thus at the precarious intersection of medium and message that the diverse artists in this exhibition also intervene. Mediums and Messengers also acknowledges the different divisions of space, time, bodies, labor, social relations, and culturally-specific rituals that are encoded into technological existence as well as history. As Matteo Pasquinelli writes on the algorithm for example, “it is an abstract diagram that emerges from the repetition of a process…it is not a rule that is invented from above but emerges from below.” It is from this heterogenous, often unseen “below”, that we might think about how to take back power and generate more diverse techniques of knowledge. At the heart of this show is also an invitation to consider different approaches to "new media" art that complicate the binary of virtual and physical worldmaking.

 

New Explorations in Mediascapes and Memoryscapes

Woman standing surrounded by ripples
Image courtesy of the artist Ayoung Yu.
Dates: March 30-April 21, 2023
Opening Reception – Thursday, March 30th, 4-7 PM

New Explorations in Mediascapes and Memoryscapes brings together four artists from New York City, Karen Azoulay, Antonius Bui, Natalia Nakazawa and Ayoung Yu, who interpret their personal histories and longing for home utilizing a wide array of media. They use digital and hand-drawn media, interactive objects, and lush sound design to create meditative memoryscapes. Their work explores human perception and connection as a vehicle for self-knowledge.

 

Annual Graduating Art Students' Exhibition

Dates: May 4-19, 2023
Opening Reception – Thursday, May 4th, 4-7 PM

The Bannister Gallery is pleased to present its annual exhibition of work by graduating seniors in the Art Department. Various studio concentrations represented include ceramics, metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, digital media, graphic design, photography and sculpture. Degrees earned through the Art Department include a B.S. in Art Education, a B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.A. in Art History, a B.A. in Art Studio, and a B.F.A. in Art Studio, the latter of which requires students to develop a stylistically accomplished and conceptually focused body of work.