Tag Archives: Public Art

On November 19th renowned painter Glenn Brown will be joining us to talk about his practice. This exhibition is organized in conjunction with the exhibition SHE: picturing women at the turn of the 21st century. The lecture takes place at 5:30 pm in List Auditorium. A reception will follow.

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Glenn Brown, Filth, 2004
Oil on panel, 52 3/8″ x 37″ x 1 1/8″
Private collection
© Glenn Brown, Image courtesy Gagosian Gallery

On November 21 sculptor Orly Genger, known for her whimsical yet powerful public installations will be on Campus to discuss her latest public project, YOU, created specifically for Brown University’s front campus. The discussion takes place at 5:30 pm in List Auditorium. A reception and viewing will follow.


Orly Genger, YOU, 2014
Recycled lobster rope and paint, 230′ long

Finally, the internationally acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon will give this year’s Gund Presidential Lecture on November 25th at 5:00 pm in Martinos Auditorium. Ligon was recently the subject of a widely praised mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.


Glenn Ligon, Untitled (America), 2008
Neon, 24 x 168 inches
Orly Install 1

The rope arrives!

Orly Genger uses recycled lobster rope to construct her monumentally scaled sculptural interventions in public places. For the next two weeks she will be building YOU, a new site-specific installation on Brown University’s campus. To see Genger and her team in action stop by the quite green during daylight hours November 3-12. Or, check back in here, on Re:Bell, where we will be posting frequent updates.


Orly Install 4

Taking the first pallet off the truck.

On November 21st Genger will be back on campus to talk about the work and celebrate its completion (Conversation at 5:30 in List Art Auditorium; reception at 6:30 on the quiet green).

YOU will be on view November 2014-Summer 2015.


Artist Nick Bibby with his sculpture, “Indomitable,” the newest addition to Brown University’s public art collection.


The Providence Journal’s Billy Van Siclen toured Brown University’s exciting public art collection with Bell Gallery Director Jo-Conklin. Read the whole story here. For more information about public art at Brown visit our website.

The world-renowned sculptor, Martin Puryear, came to campus yesterday to help site the Slavery Memorial that he has designed for Brown University. The Bell Gallery’s preparatory team built a full-scale model of the memorial, which was used to determine where the final version will be placed. The memorial will be made of ductile cast iron and granite, and it will live on the front green (also known as the quiet green) next to Hope College. The dedication is planned for next fall. Below are some images of the artist at work.




Sculptor Martin Puryear (right) and project manager John Cooke siting full-scale model of the Memorial to Slavery and Justice.


Maya Lin is the latest artist to intervene on Brown’s campus, as part of the University’s public art collection. Her sculptural water table, which is being commissioned for the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, consists of a oval slab of Chelmsford stone that will be etched with the topology of the Narragansett Bay. The work is being fabricated at the Riverside Stone Company in Seekonk. Check out these photos of the sculpture in progress.

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Maya Lin inspects full scale foam model

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A close up of the foam model


Maya Lin Bay 3

The Chelmsford stone slab waiting to be etched.

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