The Public Art Committee and the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society hosted the dedication of Under the Laurentide–a water table by Maya Lin, on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society.Read More
If you're on campus for Brown University's commencement this weekend, you may notice the new interactive donor recognition display for the Brown Annual Fund. Malcolm Grear Designers developed the installation, working closely with the Annual Fund, to raise awareness as to the crucial role of annual donors and their impact of students and faculty.Read More
Opening June 8th at the David Winton Bell Gallery is the exhibition titled rolemodelplaytime. The work in this group exhibition invites the viewer to re-explore their own personality through reminders of their past childhood play. Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition invitation, installation graphics, exterior sign, and banner for the exhibition.Read More
Brown University recently dedicated its new aquatics and fitness center complex. Ground was broken for the project in May of 2010 and the center opened by general use in April of 2012. Over five hundred construction jobs were created to complete the project. Malcolm Grear Designers designed the interior and exterior signs as well as the donor recognition system for the new complex.Read More
Continuing its plan to improve campus facilities, Brown University recently put the finishing touches on a renovated athletic complex. Located on Hope Street and Lloyd Avenue and designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture, the complex is comprised of three distinct centers. Brown University Facilities Management asked Malcolm Grear Designers to design the exterior and interior wayfinding signage and donor recognition system for the new complex.Read More
Lucas Foglia will exhibit his first solo exhibition at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University starting on March 31 and ending May 27. The exhibition titled Lucas Foglia: A Natural Order features documentary photographs of small, rural communities in the southeastern United States. Continuing its long-standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the exhibition brochure, invitation, installation graphics, exterior sign, and banner for the exhibition.Read More
Brown University's 2012 Student Exhibition will open on Friday night from 7pm to 9pm at the David Winton Bell Gallery. Organized by the Visual Art Department, the juried exhibition will include the artwork of over twenty Brown University students. Continuing its long-standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the visual identity, exterior sign, and banner for the exhibition.Read More
On a recent Friday, more than a hundred members of Brown University's science community quietly gathered to re-dedicate the Metcalf Chemistry Laboratory and Metcalf Research Laboratory. Malcolm Grear Designers worked with Brown University to design the donor recognition for the building's auditorium and library.Read More
Last Thursday, the cupola from Brown University's former Marvel Gymnasium was placed upon the new Nelson Fitness Center. The cupola honors the legacy of two brothers, Henry and Charles Aldrich, who donated generously to Brown's previous athletic center building that was built in the 1920s. Malcolm Grear Designers is currently engaged to design the sign and donor recognition system for new Aquatics and Fitness Center.Read More
Brown University's continuing growth has produced the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts which was completed this past winter. Malcolm Grear Designers developed the signs and donor recognition system for the building.Read More
This year's graduating class at Brown University passed through the newly renovated Faunce Arch. The arch includes an interpretation of the University's brand, rendered in large, truncated, letterforms "BROWN" reversed against a red background. These are integrated into the east side of the arch along with a new campus map and directory. The result is a warm and welcoming visual statement that greets pedestrians approaching the arch from either direction.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed the Faunce Arch graphics, campus map, and directory in addition to the signs and donor recognition of the Stephen Roberts Campus Center.
Malcolm Grear Designers designed a system of fence-wraps and wayfinding for Brown University’s program of facilities renovation and new construction.Read More
The exhibition Tradition, Trauma, Transformation: Representations of Women opened on March 26th at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery. The exhibition features the work of three contemporary Indian and Indian-American artists: Nalini Malani, Nilima Sheikh and Chitra Ganesh. With an overarching theme on sexuality and the position of women, the artists works explore contemporary Indian politics, religion, and culture.
Artist Nilima Sheikh is influenced by Indian traditions and the ability to recreate these traditions. Her piece in the exhibition, titled Shamiana, is a series of six hanging scrolls that depict "scenes of life and love drawn from legend, literature, and life." Shamaiana are traditional tents used for ceremonies such as weddings, parties, and feasts. Using a similiar material as the tents, the scrolls are painted on calico cloth with tempera.
Born in Karchi, Pakistan in 1946, artist Nalini Malani entered the world at a pivotal time in Indian history. A year later, with the Partition of India, Malani would become a young refugee in India. Malani's work uses this experience as inspiration for her artwork. The exhibition includes two of her videos, Memory: Record/Erase and Unity in Diversity.
The youngest of the three artists and a graduate of Brown University, Chitra Ganesh created a site-specific wall drawing in the lobby of the List Art Center and also exhibits three prints from her series titled Melancolia. Having been born in the United States, Ganesh's work is influenced both by her home land in the far East and her birth place in the West. Her work is often "characterized by complex iconography and psychedelic colors."
The exhibition's offical reception is Friday, April 8 from 5:30 to 7:30pm and the work will be on display until May 29th. The David Winton Bell Gallery is free and open to the public. Visit their website to learn about their hours, location, and past exhibitions.
Continuing its long-standing relationship with the David Winton Bell Gallery, Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitation, brochure, installation graphics, and exterior signs for the exhibition.
The recently completed renovation of Faunce House features the creation of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center. One of the most visible improvements to the building is the renovation of Faunce Arch, one of the busiest portals into Brown's spacious Main Green. In accordance with the architects' (Schwartz/Silver Architects) vision, the arch's brick walls have been replaced with tall glass surfaces, transforming this formerly dark passage into a clean, bright, and active entrance to the Campus Center. The use of glass and light also provide greater visibility in and out of the Welcome Center.
An integral part of the renovation was Malcolm Grear Designers' treatment of the signs and donor recognition. Most noticeable among the signs is their interpretation of the University's brand, rendered in large, truncated, letterforms "BROWN" reversed against a red background. These are integrated into the east side of the arch along with a new campus map and directory. The result is a warm and welcoming visual statement that greets pedestrians approaching the arch from either direction.
The project's donors are recognized through a system of beautiful red and black slate plaques which name several of the Center's prominent spaces such as the Leung Family Gallery, Petteruti Lounge, and Kasper Multipurpose Room. Read more about the Faunce House renovation in the current issue of the Brown Alumni Magazine.
View more images of the Campus Center.
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.
Have a look at the sights and sounds of more than 700 recently admitted students at Brown University. The audio slideshow includes a photo (at 00:46 sec) of a student relaxing in front of the Building Brown construction fence scrim.
The collage of campus architecture is a well-recognized part of the Building Brown brand developed by Malcolm Grear Designers for the University's Campaign for Academic Enrichment. The Building Brown scrim and wayfinding sign system provides a pedestrian-friendly and uniform look to the numerous construction and renovation projects at Brown.
Photography by Scott Kingsley.
After a period of slow sales, Brown's bookstore decided to make a drastic change. Other university bookstore's have been bought out by chain store corporations such as Borders and Barnes and Nobles. But Brown students and staff members fought this notion, and won.
Bookstore employees traveled to other stores around the country and came back with fresh ideas about how to make the store more appealing. Now, along with a wide selection of books, textbooks, apparel and school paraphernalia, the new store features a computer center, dorm furnishings, and a café.
Continuing its long line of work with Brown University, Malcolm Grear Designers was commissioned to design the new interior signs and wayfinding system. The signs work to enhance the Brown University brand and to create a clean and coherent messaging system that works in concert with the new character of the Bookstore.
Brown University recently broke ground for their new Creative Arts Center to be named the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, a $40-million arts center designed by New York architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The three story building will feature six different floor levels, split at half-story intervals, that will allow students to be able to easily view the adjacent spaces, up and below. The 35,000 square foot building will include an art gallery, a film-screening room, a recording studio, a multimedia lab, three production studios, and outside will be an amphitheater.
Malcolm Grear Designers developed the signs and donor recognition system for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Diller Scofidio + Renfro's cutting edge museum on Boston's waterfront.
The exhibition Inappropriate Covers explores the theme of appropriation through "covering" or erasing existing pieces of art to reveal a new found meaning. Ranging from shocking to comical, the multimedia work of eleven artists address this theme by using pre-existing art pieces to sculpt into a transformation that might be deemed "inappropriate" or at the very least challenge our preconceived viewpoints.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the invitation, exhibit brochure, text panels, and outdoor signs for the exhibition.
The exhibit is on display from April 10-May 29 at the David Winton Bell Gallery on the campus of Brown University.
For more information, please visit the website of the David Winton Bell Gallery.
Read the review in the Providence Journal.
“KNOT” by Lebanese born, New York based artist Annabel Daou opens today at the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University. This three-part exhibition consists of twelve notebooks, a large site-oriented wall drawing, and a twelve page accordion fold take-home piece. In Daou's exhibition “she searches ... for something that is not what it seems to be, for something that IS by what it is NOT; for something that is close to nothing.”
Also opening in the List Art’s Center, “Warhol's people” highlighting the famed artist’s photograph and screenprint portraits.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the identities and signage for both exhibitions, along with the invitation and specialty artist piece for KNOT.
“KNOT” and “Warhol’s people” runs through March 8. For more information please visit the Bell Gallery site.