Assembly: Creative Vernacularism with Adrienne Gagnon and Manuel Cordero
Contemporary Art Gallery
Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.
Patricia Phillips curates Creative Vernacularism from 9/24-9/29.Locally Made invokes the situated conditions of people, practices, adaptations, habits, and innovations derived from a particular time and place. Contemporary concepts of creativity and vernacularism provide a platform to consider what it means to make and flourish locally. “Creative Vernacularism” is a dynamic convening of active initiatives and bold speculations in art, design, and public space that seeks to prepresent Providence’s distinctive critical and creative character. — Patricia C. Phillips
9/27: Adrienne Gagnon and Manuel Cordero
Adrienne Gagnon and Manuel Cordero, co-founders of DownCity Design, will invite visitors to contribute to a giant psycho-geographic map of the city of Providence. Together, we’ll chart first kisses, lost kickball games, wild turkey sightings and more, to create a dynamic map of the city that reveals the richness of life on its streets and helps us to create pathways for engagement with our city.— Adrienne Gagnon and Manuel Cordero
Free with museum admission.
Patricia C. Phillips’ research and writing involve contemporary public art, architecture, sculpture, landscape, and the intersection of these areas. Her essays and reviews have been published in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Sculpture, and Public Art Review, as well as books and collected essays published by Rizzoli International Publications, Princeton Architectural Press, M.I.T. Press, Actar Press, Bay Press, and Routledge. She is the author of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Working (New York: Prestel 2011) and It is Difficult, a survey of the work of Alfredo Jaar (Barcelona: Actar Press, 1998). She recently completed essays on artists Mel Chin, Alfredo Jaar (for the 2013 Venice Biennale), and temporary public art for a forthcoming Companion to Public Art by Wiley Publishers. Her curatorial and design projects inclued Disney Animators and Animation (Whitney Museum of Art, 1981), The POP Project (Institute for Contemporary Art/P.S. 1, 1988), and Making Sense: Five Installations on Sensation (Katonah Museum of Art, 1996). From 2002-2007, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Art Journal, a quarterly on contemporary art published by the College Art Associations. She was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School of Design in August 2009.
Adrienne Gagnon is a visual artist, arts educator, and self-proclaimed adventurer. She and Manuel Cordero co-founded DownCity Design (DCD) in 2009 with the mission of helping people design and build solutions for their communities. Hundreds of middle and high school youth have since participated in DCD programs, improving their cities by using the tools of design to create small-scale interventions that pack a big punch. Adrienne’s work was recently awarded the 2013 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship by the Rhode Island Foundation, an honor that will allow her to dramatically expand access to design education for Rhode Island students and teachers.