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RISD's 'Cocktail Culture' offers an intoxicating history of 20th-century fashion

The high life
Across the country, on January 16, 1920, citizens drank up at liquor "wakes" before the 18th Amendment, ratified a year before, went into effect at midnight, banning the manufacture, sale, and transportation of "intoxicating liquors."
By: GREG COOK  |  May 12, 2011


The death of Osama bin Laden proves that pragmatic progressivism works

Hope at last
You saw the meme buzzing around the Net on Monday: Barack Obama, in dark sunglasses, smirking: "SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET YOU A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE," it read, in I Can Has Cheezburger all-caps. "I WAS TOO BUSY KILLING OSAMA BIN LADEN."
By: GREG COOK  |  May 09, 2011


Review: ''New Mythologies'' at Candita Clayton Studio

Prickly pop art
Two years ago I wrote that someone needs to put together a big local survey of Xander Marro's art. As far as I can tell it still hasn't happened.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 03, 2011

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The Boston Cyberarts Fest needs a reboot

It's a quiet morning along the Rose Kennedy Greenway when I meet Mark Skwarek — a shaggy-haired New Yorker in a Spider-Man T-shirt and Puma sneakers — to check out his latest project, Occupation Forces.  
By: GREG COOK  |  May 09, 2011


Review: Alan Metnick at Gallery Z; and 'The Magic Child Repository'

An engaging energy
Providence artist Alan Metnick's black-and-white India ink drawings look as if they could have been made by obsessive children, with their buzzing patterns of buildings and trees and snaking tunnels.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 27, 2011

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Catherine Opie and 'The Record' at the ICA

Bearing witness and baring vinyl
Catherine Opie first became known in the early '90s for blunt lesbian self-portraits and posed photos of the queer community.  
By: GREG COOK  |  April 26, 2011


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

Surreal storybooks
Corinna Schnitt's video Once Upon a Time opens on a comfortable living room.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 19, 2011

glass art at MFA by Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly's glass wonderlands, plus Shellburne Thurber

No competition
Back in 1995, Seattle sculptor Dale Chihuly was in Finland creating glass chandeliers to be suspended over the canals of Venice in a major outdoor installation the following year.  
By: GREG COOK  |  June 02, 2011


Review: ''Tradition, Trauma, Transformation'' at Bell Gallery

Images of India
One of the medieval legends of India is the tale of the star-crossed lovers Sohni, the daughter of a potter, and Mahiwal, a traveling trader.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 13, 2011

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El Anatsui shows why he's one of the best

It was around 1999 when El Anatsui found a found a bag of milk-tin lids, and then a bag of bottle caps.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 12, 2011


Review: ''Four Thought'' at Candita Clayton Studio

Beautiful decay
During a heavy snowstorm in the early morning hours of January 12, a fire broke out in the second floor on the water side of the Edgewood Yacht Club on the Providence River in Cranston.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 05, 2011


Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

It was written
'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .  
By: GREG COOK  |  April 04, 2011


Review: Growing up fast in 'Dancing Your Bedroom'

Inner sanctum
"Dancing In Your Bedroom," at the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School (228 Angell Street, Providence, through April 9), appears to have teleported stuffed animals, posters, bookbags, and the disheveled beds of teens right into the space.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 30, 2011


Review: Jay Zehngebot's 'Our Sentry' blurs the boundaries

Virtual war games
On Saturday, the eighth anniversary of the start of our Iraq War passed mostly without notice except for some smallish protests in Providence, Washington, and elsewhere.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 22, 2011


The proto-web utopian consciousness of Stan VanDerBeek

Psychadelic, man!
In April 1966, sheriff's deputies were hiding in bushes, peering into a mansion that had been turned into a headquarters and commune for LSD guru Timothy Leary and his pals at Millbrook, New York.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 24, 2011

Inauguration portrait by Catherine Opie

Too much of a good thing in museums and galleries this Spring

Big Three plus
This spring brings major exhibits by three of the biggest names in contemporary art.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2011


Review: Wlodzimierz Ksiazek's abstract expressions at RIC

Energetic textures and surfaces
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.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 15, 2011


Review: 'Crossing Currents: Feminism Now' at URI

Showcase sans statements
One of the cool developments of the past decade has been the reassessment and historical embrace of the founding feminist art of the 1960s and '70s.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 09, 2011

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The Van Otterloo collection at the Peabody Essex Museum

Solid gold
Some years back, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo began collecting horse carriages, until they completely filled their New Hampshire barn.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2011


Imagine there's no culture

A Providence coalition of art organizations dubbed Culture Stops is calling for arts stoppages across the country on March 10 to model the potential effects of slashed government arts funding. Their slogan: "Witness a world devoid of creativity, imagination and thought."
By: GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2011


Review: RISD's '2011 Faculty Biennial' impresses and inspires

A visual buffet
The Rhode Island School of Design's "2011 Faculty Biennial" at the RISD Museum (20 North Main Street, Providence, through March 20) features more than 200 teachers for a varied buffet ranging from tangled noodley junk sculpture to sleek architecture designs to loose abstract paintings.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 02, 2011

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