Live from the Archives: A series of six pop-up exhibitions
March – April 2015
Over the winter, participants from local cultural organizations researched topics in the special collections, including Tuvan throat singing, contemplation, the depiction of race in children’s literature, 18th century French philosophers, the history of alternative spaces in Providence, and the history of the Athenæum during the 1950-60s.
Six pop-up exhibitions were presented to complement the salon series, Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive:
Cable Car Cinema owners Emily Steffian and Daniel Kamil on their research-in-progress into how racial bias in America is reflected in the media, from 19th century children’s literature to our modern media landscape.
Program Director/artist Shey Rivera and artists Jason Curzake and Erick Armbrust on their research-in-progress into the evolution of Narragansett Bay resulting from human use of its shore and waters for industry, tourism, and entertainment.
AS220 Gallery Assistant and AIR (Artist In Residence) Coordinator Carolyn Gennari and Artistic Director Bert Crenca on their research-in-progress into the history of defining and creating “alternative spaces” in Providence.
Community MusicWorks musicians Laura Cetilia, Jesse Holstein, Sebastian Ruth, and Clara Yang, and Tuvan throat singer/composer Ken Ueno on their research-in-progress into contemplation and its relationship to music.
Gamm Theatre Artistic Director Tony Estrella on his research-in-progress into radical 18th century secular humanism; Enlightenment era salons; atheism, agnosticism, and the revolutionary publication of Denis Diderot’s Encyclopedie.
RI Council for the Humanities Director Elizabeth Francis on “The Cultural Cold War: The Athenæum at Mid-20th Century and the Origins of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”