Beginning August 28th, the Rhode Island public will have a rare treat to view the special collections of Brown University's John Hay Library. In celebration of the library's centennial, the exhibition titled "Pictures from the Hay: Celebrating the John Hay Library at 100" will open at the David Winton Bell Gallery. The exhibition will include rare paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, manuscripts, and other artifacts from the Hay Library's special collections. Works by renowned artists and authors such as John Singer Sargent, Roger Fenton, William Hogarth, Fredrick Remington, Paul Revere, Robert Motherwell, Robert Thornton, to name a few, will be on display.
Concurrently, an installation by Rhode Island Artist Alison Owen titled "Divisibility" will be created in the lobby of the List Art Center. Using wallpaper, gold leaf, molding, dust, debris, and other found objects from the exhibition space, Owen will seek to honor the architectural qualities of the building and incorporate the mood of the Hay Library's exhibition in the adjacent Bell Gallery.
Owen declares her work to be a process that makes visible “the things that have become invisible due to their commonness: the dust we sweep up, the scraps we throw away, the materials we rely upon but rarely see. By paying attention to these artifacts, I interact with everyone who has built the room, remodeled it, cleaned it, or lived in it, and hold all of these past actions in a fragile balance with my own.”
An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held Friday, September 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm and is free and open to the public. Bill Van Siclen of the Providence Journal wrote a review of the exhibition. Continuing its relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitations, installation graphics, and exterior signage for both exhibitions.