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April 5 – 27, 2011
Knight Campus Art Gallery (and other locations on CCRI campus in Warwick)
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 4 p.m., Room 4090 (4th floor)

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The gallery is located in Room 3500, on the third floor of the round building at the Warwick campus (enter the library on the fourth floor and go down the stairs to right).

We Talk about Architecture, Architecture Talks Back

We Talk About Architecture

Presented by the Knight Campus Art Gallery in partnership with the CCRI Art Department and CCRI Foundation, this exhibition and panel discussion feature artistic and intellectual response to the Brutalist architecture of the CCRI Knight Campus building.

Exhibition: April 5 – 27, 2011, Knight Campus Art Gallery
 (and at other locations on the CCRI campus in Warwick)
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Participating artists: Mazin Adam, Mary Benton, Allison Bianco, Alexandra Broches, Stephen Brownell, John Hartmann, David Houle, Gokce Kinayoglu and Ipek Tureli, Thomas Lail, Marc Levitt, Viera Levitt, Stephen Lewis, Enrique Martinez, Thomas Morrissey, Babs Owen, Sarah Renshaw, Jennifer Rolfsema, Carol Shelton, Irving K. Taylor, Andrew Thurlow, Troy West, Nancy E. Wyllie, Michael Yefko
Curator: Viera Levitt
Panel discussion: Thursday, April 14, Room 4090, Knight Campus, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Enrique Martinez: Back to the Future, 2011 digital collage, 40'' x 25''

Leaflet (PDF*)
Poster (PDF*)

The Community College of Rhode Island will examine the unique architecture of its Knight Campus megastructure, constructed in the Brutalist style, with an art exhibition and panel discussion. As the college nears the 40th anniversary of its Warwick campus's completion next year, Knight Campus Art Gallery Director Viera Levitt thought it was time to look at the iconic building. Unique in size, scale and style in Rhode Island, the building not only contains students, staff and faculty members, but also architectural history and a philosophy of education. 

"We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back," featuring works in various media inspired by the building, will be on display in the Knight Campus Art Gallery and in other locations on campus from April 5 to 27. More than 20 artists from Rhode Island and beyond answered to an open call to react artistically to the structure.

Panel discussion:
On April 14, a panel discussion will be held at 4 p.m. in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus. The panelists and participants will, for the first time, look at the Knight Campus from the point of view of its place in Rhode Island, its place in architectural history and its role in education. Audience participation will be invited. Moderated by Marc Levitt, host of the AS 220-produced, WGBH-presented and nationally distributed "Action Speaks; Under-Appreciated Dates that Changed America," the panel will include: 

An aerial view of the Knight Campus in Warwick shortly after its opening in September 1972

Kate Dunnigan, Professor of History and Chair of the CCRI Department of Social Sciences
Michael Kubo, Ph.D. candidate in History, Theory and Criticism of architecture at MIT; 
Kip McMahan, President, Christopher McMahan Architect, Inc. was lead design architect at RGB for the 1999 addition to the CCRI Warwick Campus
Andrew Thurlow, Partner, Thurlow Small Architecture, and Associate Professor, Roger Williams University, Architecture
Ipek Tureli, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Brown University 

Panelists' bios & statements (PDF*)

architecture show
Funding for the project is provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities.

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