Art School(ed): A survey of Providence’s wallpapers

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Our story begins with the Eliza Ward House on the corner of Benefit and George. At night, the perceptive pedestrian might notice a glimpse of something peculiar through the window: a series of panoramic wallpapers in the house Joseph Brown, a founder of Brown University, built and designed the house for his daughter, Eliza Ward, in 1814. Ward had commissioned the woodblock-printed, full color scenes from Dufour & Cie, a French manufacturer of painted wallpapers and fabrics, and they remain to this day (thanks to thorough restorationists). Panoramic scenes transform the Bosphorus Room and the Incas Room into 19th century marvels. While the wallpaper titled “Les Rives du Bosphore” (On the Banks of the Bosporus) is loosely based on palm tree-laden landscapes of Turkey, the panel above the fireplace mantel depicts a pine-treed scene from Maine, reflecting Ward’s personal affinity for the northernmost New England state. The print “Les Incas” portrays an imagined scene of explorer Francisco Pizarro’s first encounters with the Incas. (For a more in-depth explanation of the house’s history and restoration process, check out Houzz’s Room of the Day article on the Eliza Ward House.)

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Playing at the Cable Car Cinema: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict


Perhaps you’re acquainted with Blog’s column, This Week at the Avon. Meet the Avon’s sulky, redheaded step-sister: the hip, closer-to-sea-level competitor, Cable Car Cinema and Cafe. Cable Car, located on seabreezy South Main Street, has recently been deemed “Best Art House Cinema in New England” by Yankee Magazine.

Last we spoke about the Cable Car, the year was 2014 and the theatre had extended Finding Vivian Maier’s run on their silver screen. This week, Cable Car has resurrected Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict in response to the wildly popular screening on opening night of the First Annual Providence Art & Design Film Festival, hosted by the RISD Museum. (As noted in Harper’s Bazaar, Guggenheim gave the RISD Museum one of her first Pollock drip paintings and one of her Jéan Helions, too.)

The film is directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who gave us the exceptional movie The Eye Has To Travel about her grandmother-in-law, legendary Vogue editrix Diana Vreeland. (My grandfather recently watched the Vreeland documentary on Netflix and revered the “entertaining and informative” film for its “fantastic editing job.” Though our opinions may vary when discussing the filmic merits of Napoleon Dynamite, we both recommend that you add The Eye Has To Travel to your queue.) With her second film Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, Lisa I. Vreeland has established that powerful women with cultural capital are her beat.

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What to do this week: September 14 – 20


Monday, September 14

Event: The Underground’s Opening Day
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: The Underground (beneath the Blue Room in Faunce)

The Underground is a student run coffee shop that began last semester with fantastic reception. Destress from shopping with some gourmet tea or get amped for shopping with some gourmet coffee.

Event: Surviving Mental Health at Brown
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Salomon 003

Join Project LETS for a student led panel on all the resources, organizations, and events at Brown that serve mental health. They will also be hosting talks on eating at Brown, anxiety, and mood disorders throughout the week. See their Facebook for more information.

Tuesday, September 15

Event: BlogDailyHerald Information Session
Time: 6:00 p.m. (Also Wednesday, Thursday, at the same time)
Location: 195 Angell St. (The Brown Daily Herald offices)

Come learn about BlogDailyHerald from its writers, editors, and contributors. There will be additional info sessions on Wednesday and Thursday night, both at 6:00 p.m. The application for new writers is live here!

Event: WBRU’s Fall Ball
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Head down the hill, and back to junior high, for a Panic! At The Disco concert. The show also features Robert Delong and Joywave.

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Brrrrrown: Natural ice

Snowpocalpyse, snowmaggedon, whatever you want to call it: it’s easy enough to be completely done with the snow around campus. Other than frostbite, salt sand-stained boots, and one yet-to-be-lost glove, the snow has left us with at least some sort of benefit: really cool ice.

Now, if you’re like me, you love a good icicle: translucent, sleek, and aesthetically-pleasing all around. And Brown has been #blessed with plenty of snow and ice formations recently.

They range from the quaint:


Look, it’s like a little hat.

To the intense:


Actual depiction of the Cold Miser’s sneeze.

To small, snow-covered portions of campus:

Well, anything to keep me out of the SciLi.

Well, anything to keep me out of the SciLi.

To vast stretches of campus:


Main Green, white, at Brown.

Not to mention that the snow and ice hit up some off-campus spots and decked them out pretty well too:


Waterfire, tonight at 9pm.

Like the RISD Museum entrance:

"I.C.E.": the ephemeral and (hopefully) temporary art installation now on display in the outer gallery.

“I.C.E.”: the ephemeral and (hopefully) temporary art installation now on display in the outer gallery.

The weather’s even caught the attention of those living way down the hill:

A cause we can all get behind.

A cause we can all get behind.

It especially looks sweet at night:

Something at Jo's to look at intently while eating a spicy with.

Something at Jo’s to look at intently while eating a spicy with.

And, lastly, my everyone’s favorite campus icicles:

Smitty B, or Santa's Workshop?

Smitty B or Santa’s Workshop?

So, if your parents, friends, and clingy high school acquaintances keep asking, “How’s the weather up there?” just direct them to these beautiful pictures. Nothing will make that ex who goes to Stanford more jealous.

Images via Kenji Endo, Edith Young, Julia Elia, and Caitlin Dorman.

What to do this week: February 19 – 21


Thursday, February 19:

If you caught Sunday night’s episode of Girls, you’ll remember that the show introduced a new character named Mimi Rose Howard, who went to RISD and graduated with a BFA in Sculpture. If this reference whet your appetite for gallery-hopping at the neighborhood art school, you’re in luck! Thursday is packed with back-to-back openings. May you meet many young artists who go by “a woman’s name and a man’s name with a flower stuck in the middle of it.”

Event: Apparel Department Opening Reception
Location: Woods-Gerry House, 62 Prospect St.
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This exhibition will showcase the work of RISD’s Apparel undergraduates: consider it the Providence version of Fashion Week.

Event: ‘2015 RISD Faculty Biennial’ opening reception
Location: RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St.
Time: 7 – 9:00 p.m.

RISD’s version of the Whitney Biennial, this show highlights new work by the artists and designers who teach at RISD. The museum guarantees a show as diverse as RISD’s course catalog, boasting apparel, textiles, painting, printmaking, ceramics, glass, sculpture, illustration, photography, jewelry, metal-smithing, graphic design, industrial design, architecture, landscape architecture, interior architecture, film, animation, digital media, furniture, and more.

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Art School(ed): Understanding Andy Warhol’s Photographs at the RISD Museum


In 2007, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. established The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program in order to celebrate the foundation’s 20th anniversary. The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program donated approximately 28,500 of Warhol’s original photographs to more than 180 American college and university museums and galleries. The program selected the RISD Museum as a beneficiary of the program, and the invaluable gift of about 150 photographic works is on display in full at the museum now for this season’s blockbuster exhibition, Andy Warhol’s Photographs.

The show can be viewed in conjunction with the Warhol print Race Riot in the permanent collection gallery, and a nearby, complementary exhibition of Warhol’s screen tests (silent, slo-mo four minute film portraits of Warhol’s celebrity social circle, including Edie Sedgwick, Lou Reed, Susan Sontag, Bob Dylan, etc). The curators have transformed the RISD Museum into a Warholian wonderland.


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