Exhibitions at Providence Public Library, July 1 - 30

In addition to the ongoing PORTALS: The History of the Future exhibition on display in the Library’s Providence Journal Rhode Island Room, PPL will host two additional exhibitions during the month of July.

OUR RHODE: COMMEMORATING THE FOX POINT CAPE VERDEAN COMMUNITY will be on display in the Library’s Empire Street Exhibit Room during normal Library hours, while THE PPS LEGACY: HOW THE COLLEGE HILL STUDY SAVED PROVIDENCE will be on display in PPL’s Reference Area Exhibit space on the first floor.  Details on these exhibits are below and at www.provlib.org.  

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PHASE 2:  PORTALS: The History of the Future -- Artists’ Creations

Our 2016 exhibition, Portals: The History of the Future, has highlighted the material trails left by the people of the past as they looked to the future, including imaginative visions of futures that never came to pass, illustrations of fantastical contraptions, reflections on the nature of time, and other artifacts testifying to a human desire to visit eras besides our own.

During the month of July, our exhibit cases will contain creative works by Rhode Islanders made during, and inspired by, PORTALS.  The huge variety of notes, originals, drafts, and finished products will illuminate artists' processes while showcasing the many ingenious ways that library users interact with our collections. 

Cases will feature original drafts of comics from the most recent issue of Providence Sunday Wipeout, including work by 2016 Creative Fellow Walker Mettling, Jeremy Ferris, Dailen Williams, and others; candles from Burke & Hare Co. featuring historic images from Special Collections; song lyrics by Joe DeGeorge based on records in the Rhode Island index; futuristic headdresses and clothing designed by teens with instruction through RISD Continuing Education; sketches, letterpress prints, 2-dimensional action figures, and more!

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OUR RHODE: COMMEMORATING THE FOX POINT CAPE VERDEAN COMMUNITY

Features historic photographs, materials from the St. Antonio Association, and highlights from the 75th anniversary procession, along with select documentary portraits from the “Masters of the Craft: Gallery of Memory" photo exhibition at the Gallery at City Hall in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1329 Union.  It will be on display in the Library’s Empire Street Exhibit Room during normal Library hours.

This exhibit, presented by the Fox Point Cape Verdean Heritage Project, Inc., highlights the St. Antonio Association and Local 1329 of the I.L.A. (International Longshoremen’s Association), two of the major institutions of the Fox Point Cape Verdean community. 

Founded in 1934, the St. Antonio Association, Rhode Island’s first Cape Verdean Beneficent Society, provided health and death benefits to members, and contributed to the social, cultural and spiritual needs of the community.  On display are historic photographs, materials from the St. Antonio Association and highlights from the 75th anniversary procession.

The exhibit also commemorates Local 1329 of the I.L.A. (International Longshoremen’s Association) founded in l934 in Providence, Rhode Island, and the first labor union in New England organized predominantly by Cape Verdeans.   On display are select documentary portraits from the “Masters of the Craft: Gallery of Memory" photo exhibition at the Gallery at City Hall presented by the City of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Union. *

The formal portraits by acclaimed photographer/filmmaker Liane Brandon feature members of Local 1329 longshoremen, their families and descendants interviewed for "Working the Boats: Masters of the Craft’) the documentary webisode about Local 1329 by historian/ filmmaker and Fox Point native, Claire Andrade-Watkins, PhD.  The world premiere of the documentary was in June 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA in the “Our Rhode: 30 years of cinema by and about Cape Verdean Rhode Islanders.”   

The Fox Point Cape Verdean Project(FPCVP), is an independent community based research initiative comprised primarily of former residents and/or descendants of the founding Cape Verdean families who settled in Fox Point at the beginning of the 20th century.  Launched in 2007 and incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit in 2014, the goal is to document and preserve the legacy of the Cape Verdean community in Fox Point.

*The Masters of the Craft: Gallery of Memory” exhibition  was made possible in part  with the support of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University, Emerson College, and through a  2010 and a 2012 grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

For more information, contact:  Claire Andrade-Watkins, PhD , Project Director, spiamedia@gmail.com .

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THE PPS LEGACY: HOW THE COLLEGE HILL STUDY SAVED PROVIDENCE

This exhibit features 11 art boards created by noted Rhode Island Architect William "Bill" Warner (1930 - 2012) and used in the printed publication, The College Hill Study of Historic Area Renewal, published in 1959.  They are displayed alongside historic images from the Rhode Island Collection of the Providence Public Library (PPL), and contemporary photos by Architectural Photographer Hassan Bagheri.  It will be on display in PPL’s Reference Area Exhibit space on the first floor. 

The College Hill Study showed that there is no inherent conflict between the growth of a city and historic preservation.

The project was funded in part by the Providence Preservation Society and became the first urban planning study in the country to use Urban Renewal Administration, Housing and Home finance Agency (now known as the Department of Housing and urban Development, or HUD) funds for the purposes of preservation. The study aimed “…to develop methods and techniques for a program of preservation, rehabilitation and renewal in a historic area which can serve as a guide for other areas with similar problems." The Study surveyed over 300 acres and 1,700 individual buildings, eventually leading to the creation of a College Hill local historic district, and, in 1970, a National Historic Landmark District.

This exhibition was originally installed at Providence Preservation Society in celebration of their 60th anniversary and their Festival of Historic Houses and is made possible with funding from The Archive, Document, Display and Disseminate Fund at Rhode Island Foundation.

 
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