Human forms and alternative figures
Ann Gale's 'Portrait with Gold,' from "Embodied" at Bannister Gallery.
This fall, Providence museums and galleries offer queer prints, funk paintings, wisecracking signs, and contemplations of our bodies and women today. Plus candy for you to actually eat!
“What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present” | A history of art since 1960 focused on funky outsiders, rascals, and punks from Chicago, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, and Providence (Forcefield!). Rarely seen in museums because they scrawled too many comics, tattoos, monsters, wisecracks, and sexy things for the usual gatekeepers to stomach. | September 19-January 4 | RISD Museum, 20 North Main St, Providence | risdmuseum.org
“Solamente Tamara: Colorful Soul” | A social worker and artist, Tamara Diaz’s rainbow bright, graffiti-style paintings are populated with people and hearts and flowers as a bulwark against sorrows all around us. | October 1-31 | University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Campus Gallery, 80 Washington St, Providence | uri.edu/prov/arts/currentgallery.html
“Queer Communities in Print Portfolio” | Prints by 29 LGBTQ-identified artists range from agitation to quietly poetic contemplations of identity. | September 21-October 3 | 186 Carpenter, 186 Carpenter St, Providence | 186carpenter.tumblr.com
“Embodied: The Figure In Paint” | Identity, social narrative, and physical materiality are probed by six artists as they paint and mediate on our human bodies. | October 4-25 | Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery, 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence | ric.edu/bannister