Ain't that America

By GREG COOK  |  September 12, 2012
"ALISON PEBWORTH: BEAUTIFUL POSSIBILITY" | 186 Carpenter | October 15-29 | The California artist has been touring the country with her art exhibit/medicine show. She rolls into Providence with old-timey hand-painted banners reassessing American history, a map that erases contemporary borders to note pre-European native territories, and research on local history and culture. Plus research considering whether a nervous condition "Americanitis," supposedly resulting from fast-paced life, continues to afflict citizens across this great land. | 186 Carpenter St, Providence | Free |

"JAMES MONTFORD: POW WOW NOW:MY WIFE" | Newport Art Museum | November 10-January 6 | Montford's day job is director of Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery. Taking a break from showcasing other

people's stuff, he continues his often

fierce confrontation with America's traditionally lousy treatment of Native Americans and African Americans like him. | 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport | $10 | 401.848.8200 |

"ALEJANDRO DIAZ: RISD BUSINESS: SASSY SIGNS AND SCULPTURES" | RISD Museum | November 16-June 9 | The wiseass Latino conceptualist makes signs reading: "No Shoes, No Shirt, You're probably rich"; "Make Tacos Not War"; "I Can't Remember the Alamo"; "Does This Sign Make Me Look Fat?" Diaz will write and sell cardboard signs only on November 15 for "an unbeatable $20 each." The exhibit also offers a chance to "take your picture with a life-sized model of the artist's aunt." | 224 Benefit St, Providence | $12; $10 seniors; $5 college students; $3 ages 5-18 | 401.454.6500 |

"SIMEN JOHAN: UNTIL KINGDOM COMES" | Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery | November 17-February 17 | The Norwegian photographer creates visions of an albino deer in a snowy wood, a buffalo in wasteland, a sheep sitting up in a field and other strikingly odd, eerie images from photographs of animals in zoos, museums, and his studio, plus his stunning digital magic. | 64 College St, Providence | Free | 401.863.2932 |

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