Worth seeing

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 19, 2007
gends that were popular in early 19th-century Japan. “MUSIC VIDEO/SILENT FILM: INNOVATIONS IN THE MOVING IMAGE” is running through January 13, presenting groundbreaking works by 1920s avant-garde artists, including Man Ray, Fernand Léger, and Dziga Vertov, plus music videos from recent years by Michel Gondry, Evan Bernard, and others. “FABULOUS FAKES: JEWELRY OF KENNETH JAY LANE” (October 26 through January 27) features the work of a designer who has made costume jewelry as glamorous as the million-dollar versions. His creations have been worn by such diverse celebrities as Britney Spears, Diana Vreeland, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
In Providence, Firehouse No. 13 will display Russ Smith’s installation “ONE MORNING IN HADITHA” (October 5 through 29). The multi-media anti-war work and performance piece incorporates a 24-day water-only fast for the duration of the exhibition, with each day dedicated to a particular massacre victim.
At Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery, “BETWEEN ME AND THE OTHER WORLD,” featuring photographs by Kerry Stuart Coppin, will be shown October 4 through 26, and Anne Leone and Daniel Ludwig’s “FIGURING THE FIGURE” is scheduled for November 6 through 30. At Providence College’s Hunt/ Cavanaugh Gallery, Michele Provost’s “LIGHTNESS AND GRAVITY: PAINTINGS & DRAWINGS 2006-2007” are up through October 4. At the University of Rhode Island on the Kingston campus, Claire Beckett’s “IN TRAINING: SOLDIERS BEFORE WAR” will be in the Photogaphy Gallery through October 28, and “LE TEMPS RÉTROUVÉ/REVISITING THE PAST” by Michelle Rogers, in the Carter Gallery through October 10.
The galleries at AS220 are presenting more artists than can be listed here (for details go to www.as220.org). The Main Gallery has new work by ANDY TRENCH and photographs by DAVID SIMIONE, through September 29; a group exhibition, “IAMAS220,” featuring work of staff, residents, volunteers, and friends of the unjuried cooperative, will be on display from October 5 through 27; paintings by RYAN SHEAN and photography by ED MOONEY are featured from November 2 through 25; and new paintings by LAUREN MORRIS and watercolors by EMILY KALINA from December 1 through 29. Additional exhibitions are in the new AS220 Project Space in the Dreyfus Building, on the corner of Mathewson and Washington streets.
The Providence Art Club is showing the “ART LEAGUE OF RHODE ISLAND’S 7TH ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION” in the Dodge House and Maxwell Mays Galleries through September 28. Bert Gallery is presenting “ARTISTS WHO MARRY ARTISTS” through October 26, looking into the artistic and domestic relationships of two Rhode Island artist couples, Florence Leif (1913-1968) and Gordon Peers (1909-1988), plus Percy Albee (1883-1959) and Grace Albee (1890-1985).
At the Newport Art Museum, “PLAYGROUND: PAINTINGS BY KATHLEEN S. DWYER” (through November 4) is a series that unites landscapes with man-made structures. In Wakefield, Hera Gallery will present a pictorial installation by CLAUDIA FLYNN and new drawings by CYNTHIA FARNELL from October6 through November 10.
In Kingston, the South County Art Association is holding its annual juried “MEMBERS INVITATIONAL” from October 18 through November 10, with works in a variety of media by 10 artists. At the Wickford Art Association, recent work by members CHRISTINE MCINTYRE-HANNON, CHRISTINE MATHIEU, and SANDRA DESANO PEZZULLO will be shown from October 12 through November 1, and an “AVANTGARDE/ABSTRACT ART OPEN JURIED SHOW” will be held November 2 through 20.
Don’t forget GALLERY NIGHT PROVIDENCE, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 pm. Free buses shuttle art-lovers around more than 20 galleries, museums, and historic sites. There is free parking behind Citizens Plaza beginning at 6:30 pm; hour-long walking tours start there at 6 and 6:30 pm. For details, go to www.gallerynight.info.
NEWPORT GALLERY NIGHT takes place on the second Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 pm, with free parking at the Newport Visitors Information Center (23 America’s Cup Avenue). For a walking map, go to newport gallerynight.com.
And WESTERLY GALLERY NIGHT is held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 8 pm. Call 401.348.0733 for more information.  
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