Ain't that America

Sassy signs, obsessive patterns, and more
By GREG COOK  |  September 12, 2012

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BOARDWALK EMPIRE Detail from Lee Friedlander’s Atlantic City, New Jersey (1971), from “America In View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now.”

The bad news of this season is that the sharp-eyed folks behind R.K. Projects will be closing up shop in November after their fall exhibits, which include a group of Providence psychedelics and site-specific installations in Pawtucket (461 Main St from October 5-7). Their departure is a big loss for a city that struggles to provide venues for the wealth of fresh, challenging art being made here each day. But we'll soldier on with photos of albino deer, Latino conceptual art jokes, and meditations on the American land, history, and bigotry.

"MICRO-EUTOPIA" | RK Projects | September 20-November 3 | The 16-person show rounds up (current or departed) stars of Providence psychedelia — Ara Peterson, Brian Chippendale, Christopher Forgues, Eamon Brown, Muffy Brandt, and Jim Drain. Plus eccentric abstraction; Jay Zehngebot, best known for piercing meditations on war, technology, and America; and stuff by RK Projects' esteemed founding duo Sam Keller and Tabitha Piseno. They plan to shutter the gallery and depart Providence for New York when the show ends. Check out what we'll soon be missing. | 204 Westminster St, Providence | Free | 917.923.2449 | rkprojects.com

"AMERICA IN VIEW: LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY 1865 TO NOW" | RISD Museum | September 21-January 13 | The museum digs big names out of its archives — Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Harry Callahan — to pre-sent a history of the US, and us, from Civil War-era scouting of (Indian) territories to be Manifest Destiny-developed to the dawning of today's environmental consciousness. | 224 Benefit St, Providence | $12; $10 seniors; $5 college students; $3 ages 5-18 | 401.454.6500 | risdmuseum.org

"IMAGE AND INNOVATION: 100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION" | Newport Art Museum | September 22-January 13 | Rhode Island is a state long known as a pioneer for photography. Tapping into that legacy, the museum presents work from early 20th-century portraits to Aaron Siskind's abstract experimentation to Lucas Foglia's recent images of community gardens. | 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport | $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 students + military with ID; free under 6 | 401.848.8200 | newportartmuseum.org

MONICA SHINN | Buonaccorsi+Agniel | September 27-November 3 | New work by the Providence artist, whose casual doodly observational drawings often morph into dreamy indeterminate worlds in her paintings. | 1 Sims Ave #102, Providence | Free | 401.484.7566 | theheadlight.com/gallery

"TOP DRAWER ART CENTER" | AS220 Main Gallery | October 6-27 | Obsessive patterns, wild colors, and other visionary art by adults with disabilities served by the Top Drawer Art Center in Warren. | 115 Empire St, Providence | Free | 401.831.9327 | as220.org

"KRISTIN SOLLENBERGER: PRECIPITATE" | Craftland | October 11-November 10 | The Rhode Islander's sculptures recall the whimsy of early Surrealism as sticks and toothbrushes and wool blobs add up to mystical beings and contemporary totems. | 235 Westminster St, Providence | Free | 401.272.4285 | craftland.myshopify.com/pages/gallery

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