Assembly: Creative Vernacularism with Anne Spalter
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
9/29: Anne Spalter
Anne Morgan Spalter will talk about the inspirations for her art and the process used to create her kaleidoscopic modern landscape videos.— Anne Spalter
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.
Anne Morgan Spalter is an artist and author whose career reflects her long-standing goal of integrating art and technology. Drawing inspiration from painting, mathematics and Islamic art, Spalter shoots original footage in cities around the world and uses personalized software to develop patterned compositions that explore the concept of the “modern landscape” and work to bring order to visual complexity.She shows widely and her work is included in leading contemporary collections in the US, Europe and the Middle East as well as in museums such as the Albright-Knox (Buffalo, NY), the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum (Providence, RI), and the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK).Spalter created and taught the first fine art digital media courses at both RISD and Brown University. Her book, The Computer in the Visual Arts, has become a standard reference text. Roger Mandle, former Executive Director of the Qatar Museums Authority, described Spalter’s book as,”a seductively articulate and illuminating introduction to the rapidly expanding world of the computer and art, design, and animation…” She has a BA from Brown in Mathematics, Visual Art, and an independent major, as well as an MFA in Painting from RISD.