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‘Story/Line: Narrative Form in Six Graphic Novelists’ at RIC

"You could do a comic about it," a friend tells Gabrielle Bell in one of her comics.
Serious comics
By GREG COOK  |  February 22, 2013
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At Rhode Island College: ‘Bee School’

Honeybees have sex in mid-air, Betty Mencucci tells her audience in a Rhode Island College lecture hall.
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By PHILIP EIL  |  February 08, 2013
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These 10 exhibits will open your eyes

In March, the RISD Museum dusts off its two millennia-old mummy of a priest named Nesmin as part of "Made for Eternity" (March 15 to November 17), a small showcase of the institution's Egyptian treasures.
Strange and wondrous
By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2012
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Philip Jameson captures the cosmos

Philip Jameson, an 82-year-old retired radiologist in Providence, is one of the great living practitioners of one of the great traditions of American art — Ansel Adams's monumental, romantic style of landscape photography.
Monumental imagery
By GREG COOK  |  November 16, 2012
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Two sides of Daniel Heyman; plus, RIC’s faculty exhibit

Beginning in 2005, Daniel Heyman traveled to Jordan and Turkey with American lawyers, collecting testimony from Iraqis of human rights abuses.
War and peace
By GREG COOK  |  September 21, 2012
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‘Distillation’ at RIC; Salvatore Mancini at Candita Clayton

At first, the approaches of abstract painters Lisa Russell and Mary Bucci McCoy can appear opposite.
The purity of paint
By GREG COOK  |  April 20, 2012


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Shows worth seeing in the new year

From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
Eyes wide open
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011
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Fusionworks unveils its new moves

Once again abiding by their motto — "Different is good " — Fusionworks Dance Company has engaged two guest choreographers, in addition to artistic director/choreographer Deb Meunier, for their Fall Concert Series at Rhode Island College on November 18 an
Viva la difference!
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  November 18, 2011
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A box, a picture, and a life revealed

Several years ago, photographer Scott Indermaur came up with a novel way to connect with his subjects: give them each a wooden box — six inches square and four inches deep — and ask them to fill it with objects that represent their beliefs.
Portraits
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  November 11, 2011

You don’t need an education to spell ‘hate’

OK, Phillipe and Jorge are going to need a little help on this one.
More misplaced outrage; Monstrous behavior; viva literacy!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 30, 2011
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A British invasion and the local hall of fame

The art season follows the school year.
Autumn offerings
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011


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Review: Corinna Schnitt's ''Once Upon A Time'' at the RISD Museum

Corinna Schnitt's video Once Upon a Time opens on a comfortable living room.
Surreal storybooks
By GREG COOK  |  April 22, 2011
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Rhode Island's ticking time bomb

This is a story about the pension crisis that's tearing apart Providence and Central Falls and just might lay waste to the whole goddamn state.
A fun, easy-to-understand guide to the pension crisis that could destroy everything you care about (or not)
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011
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Review: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's abstract expressions at RIC

Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's exhibit of chunky, muscular abstract paintings at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, through March 30) is a dose of the old-time religion.
Energetic textures and surfaces
By GREG COOK  |  March 18, 2011
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Gina Gionfriddo on the art of playwriting

Although playwright Gina Gionfriddo was raised in Washington, D.C., Rhode Island has also made its contributions, since she polished her writing skills at Brown University, where in the late 1990s she sought out eventual Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel and
Character studies
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  January 21, 2011
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Winter theatre preview: From the Bard to Becky Shaw

From the latest Pulitzer winner for drama to a musical adaptation of a popular board game, and from the Bard to Becky Shaw, Rhode Island theaters are certainly starting 2011 with varied offerings.
Gionfriddo, Synge, Ibsen, and more
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 31, 2010


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Who wins? Who loses?

Quick question: who won the Rhode Island elections in November?
What special interests will be served -- or ignored -- under the new regime?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 31, 2010
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Uneasy artifacts at the Chazan Gallery

It seems life should feel easy with all our faster foods and whiter teeth and smarter bombs, but despite — or perhaps because of — all our modern conveniences, we feel as awkward and hapless as ever. That is one unspoken theme that viewers might draw f
'Something is amiss'
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2010
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Review: Umberto Crenca's introspective retrospective at AS220

If you've been around the Providence art scene very long, you've surely heard the story. In the early 1980s, Umberto Crenca exhibited at the Antonio Dattorro Studio Gallery and the Providence Journal panned his art as shallow and simplistic.
Trying to make sense of it all
By GREG COOK  |  November 19, 2010
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Review: Fusionworks gets really physical

The rock/jazz fusion band Bixit will be amping up the energy for collaborative dance concerts with Fusionworks, at Rhode Island College's Sapinsley Hall on November 19 and 20 at 8 pm.
Mesmerizing movements
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 19, 2010
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A Lynda Benglis retrospective at the RISD Museum

When you talk about the art of Lynda Benglis, there's just no avoiding the giant dildo photo.
Manufactured surprises
By GREG COOK  |  October 29, 2010


'Beverages, bitches, and bikinis' reconsidered

"Beverages, Bitches and Bikinis" doesn't sound like an event you'd expect a state campus to support. Yet that is the title originally proposed for an event sponsored by WXIN, the student radio station at state-supported Rhode Island College.
Radio Waves
By MARY ANN SORENTINO  |  October 15, 2010
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Golden memories of the diamond

We know the vast majority of Cool, Cool World readers do not have a personal memory of life on the planet earth, circa 1960, as they were not yet born.
Big baseball anniversaries; not-so-E-Z pass; remebering Jimbo
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 01, 2010
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Fall Art Preview: Old meets new this season

Art in Rhode Island this fall is a parade of founding mothers and fathers. AS220 co-founder Umberto Crenca fills his institution with his latest "ugly" work.
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By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2010
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Fall Dance Preview: Kick up your heels!

This fall’s dance events include reprises at local companies.
Things are moving around town
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  September 17, 2010
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In 'The Tradition'

In 1978, Rhode Island College presented “Four from Providence.” The exhibit was a call to revitalize the reputations of four Providence artists of color who had often been overlooked since their peaks in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Bannister’s ‘Five From Providence’ honors its namesake
By GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2010


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Minimalism and mementos

After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as cu
Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010
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Open to interpretation

For decades, abstraction dominated avant-garde discourse, as painters worked to break art down to its basic elements, stripping away more and more of what seemed necessary to a painting, and then stripping away even more.
‘Abstraction in Providence’ at RIC’s Bannister Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2010
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Dynamic duo

Faculty exhibitions tend to be hodgepodges, no matter how prestigious the school. But "Sabbatical Exhibition" is a delightful exception.
Doug Bosch and Stephen Fisher in RIC’s ‘Sabbatical Exhibition’
By GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2010
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The next Scott Brown?

Republican Scott Brown's victory last month in the race for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat has every two-bit GOP hopeful in the Northeast claiming the mantle of the pick-up truck populist.
John J. Loughlin’s suddenly high-profile campaign to oust Patrick Kennedy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 12, 2010