Providence College Galleries (PC–G) has been awarded a $65,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in support of a yearlong exhibition series called Beyond Bauhaus that launches in spring 2019. The exhibition series is curated by PC–G Director and Curator Jamilee Lacy.
Beyond Bauhaus coincides with the centennial of the founding of the Bauhaus art academy in the former Weimar Republic by its first director Walter Gropius, who later fled Nazi Germany for New England, where he also left a legacy based on radical experimentation in the visual arts and architecture. Each component of Beyond Bauhaus emphasizes the innovative yet overlooked artistic contributions of women, people of color and non-western communities to the creative legacy of Bauhaus, which continues to greatly influence academic art curricula at liberal arts institutions like Providence College.
Highlights of the Beyond Bauhaus series that the Andy Warhol Foundation grant will support include “International Style,” an online exhibition of digital and Net art projects generated with new notions of the Bauhaus concepts of cross-disciplinary studios, open-source access and mass-productivity; “Many Cities: Tel-Aviv,” a group exhibition featuring Israeli and Palestinian artists whose artwork springs from research into the radical Bauhaus architecture and design experiments of Tel Aviv’s White City; solo exhibitions and ambitious commissions by local and international artists like Katarina Burin and Heather Rowe, among numerous others; an exhibition related to Lacy’s research on the intersection of contemporary art with Modernist interior design and furniture; and a substantial catalog comprising exhibition documentation, artists’ writings, scholarly essays and more.
“Our Beyond Bauhaus program is devoted to contemporary artists who cultivate new understandings of long-told narratives, with a reverence for historical precedents and a responsibility to shed light on the stories of marginalized artists and thinkers,” said Lacy. “We are excited about the conversations we are having with artists about their work. Thanks to the support of the Andy Warhol Foundation, we will be able to deepen the reach and impact of their most compelling projects.”
Watch Lacy discuss with GoLocalProv anchor Kate Nagle what a grant like this means for an institution and how Beyond Bauhaus will expand on for PC–G’s mission of supporting artists and presenting innovative, interdisciplinary contemporary art for diverse audiences. Please see the press release linked below for all the details.
Please see the press release linked below for all the details, and keep an eye on PC–G’s blog, WWWWH, for upcoming student and faculty perspectives on Beyond Bauhaus.