Map It Out – Providence is an exhibition of over a hundred hand-drawn maps of Providence created by community members in collaboration with the Toronto-based artists Gwen MacGregor and Sandra Rechico, who will be in residency at Brown from September 18-28. The maps reveal participants’ experiences, and propose new ways of understanding the geography of our city and state.
Map It Out has previously been exhibited in Berlin and Long Island City. Maps from these two cities as well as those created in Cardiff, Wales will be exhibited along with the maps made in Rhode Island. This project is part of an ongoing collaborative art practice that uses creative processes to challenge mapping conventions. The exhibition and all associated programs are free and open to the public. The artists will be in the community mapping with participants at Dorcas Place International (September 19 and 20), the Rhode Island Heritage Festival (September 21), at 444 Westminster Street downtown (September 23) and Sankofa Market at Knight Memorial Library (September 25).
About the Artists: Gwen MacGregor is a visual artist and geographer working across the disciplines of installation, video, photography, and geographic scholarship. She has artworks in collections such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Oakville Galleries and the Royal Bank Collection; recent exhibitions include The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario and Phoenix Projects Athens, Greece. Sandra Rechico has long maintained a studio practice in drawing, photography, installation and object-making where she regularly looks at maps, routing, wayfaring, navigation and distance. She has been involved in numerous community projects, the most significant being the co-curator of WADE, a series of temporary public art projects commissioned from artists that took place in the city of Toronto’s wading pools.
The Carriage House Gallery
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
357 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02906
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, September 26, 5 – 7 p.m.
Providence Gallery Night Reception
Thursday, October 17, 5 – 9 p.m.
Friday, October 18, 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, November 14, 2 – 3 p.m.
This project has been made possible, in part, by the Brown Arts Initiative.
Map It Out — Providence participates in Year of the City: The Providence Project, a year-long exploration of Providence’s 25 neighborhoods through exhibitions, performances, walks, lectures and conferences produced by more than 50 different curators. More information at www.yearofthecity.com.