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By GREG COOK  |  December 28, 2011

SPENCER FINCH: "PAINTING AIR" | RISD Museum | February 24-July 29 | Finch has drawn the ceiling patients stared at above Sigmund Freud's couch. He's paired florescent lights and a giant wad of blue mylar to evoke the light near Emily Dickenson's house. Here the RISD grad presents a new work and curates a selection from the museum's collection, including a Monet that inspired his exploration of sensory perception and memory.

224 Benefit Street, Providence | $10 | 401.454.6500 or

ENEMY LINES Roger Shimomura’s American Guardian, at RIC’s Bannister Gallery.

ROGER SHIMOMURA | Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery | March 8-April 6 | The Kansas artist mulls how the US failed to "distinguish between the Americans of Japanese descent and the Japanese enemy" — and how similar racial profiling continues today — in lithographs based on his imprisonment as a child in a US government camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

600 Mount Pleasant Street, Providence | free | 401.456.9765 or

NATURE’S WAY A photo from Lucas Foglia’s “Re-Wilding” series, at Brown’s Bell Gallery.

LUCAS FOGLIA: "RE-WILDING" | Brown University's Bell Gallery | March 31–May 27 | It's easy to forget how great subjects are the foundation of great photography. Foglia, formerly of Providence, now in San Francisco, has a sharp eye and a digital camera that vacuums up detail. In these quiet, thoughtful, intimate pictures, he also has a great subject: Americans who have adopted substance farming as they look to the past for models of a more sustainable future.

64 College Street, Providence | free | 401.863.2932 or

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