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URI Providence Campus

80 Washington Street

Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

Current Gallery Exhibit and Events

URI Feinstein Providence Campus Urban Arts and Culture Program

Lyrical Warriors 1: On Their Own Terms, By Monique Rolle-Johnson And Simone Spruce-Torres and Symbiosis Fragmentary Abstraction NL 0714  # 40 Nixon Ave By Nixon Ledger

January 20 - February 27, 2015

Reception, Panel, and Performance - February 5, 5:30pm-7:30pm

In Lyrical Warriors 1 through paintings, photographs and lyrics of 17 of the foremost African-American Women singer-songwriters, Monique Rolle-Johnson and Simone Spruce-Torres visually interpret the music of black female activists who fought for civil rights and human justice. They connect viewers to the lives and journeys of these women: Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Tracy Chapman, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Josephine Baker, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Lauren Hill, Eartha Kitt, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sisseretta Jones, Mahalia Jackson, Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Their vision is to increase the awareness of the public about how these women used their politically charged music to tell their stories of victimization and triumph through adversity empowering society.

Haitian born, Nixon Ledger - recognized and known as "the Guy of banana leaves." works to create images that allow the observer to think, wonder and reflect through a new representation using Plantains leaves to create the physical structure of the human body; Symbiosis Fragmentary belongs to the abstract world. "It aims to describe the beginning, the state of progress and the matrix. In this style the image is autonomous."

URI Feinstein Providence Campus Urban Arts and Culture Program

A Musical Play created and performed by Cheryl Albright with Thomas Reed Joneser

February 21, 7:30pm and February 22, 3:00pm 2015

A Musical Play created and performed by Cheryl Albright with Thomas Reed Jones

Amazing and accomplished singer Cheryl Albright shares her life story and her musical journey to overcome fear and prejudice. She highlights the lives and accomplishments of five African-American female vocalists and their historical journeys to freedom during turbulent times, in whose footsteps Cheryl stepped to achieve her own destiny. The legendary artists she represents in the performance include: Sissieretta Matilda Jones, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson, and Nina Simone. Their ancestral healing power in song demonstrates how music can and did lift the spirit, give hope to the soul, and transformed the hearts and consciousness of our nation. They conquered a double prejudice against women performers and against performers of color – in some instances outlawed from performing openly. Yet, their music and musical styling influenced American culture to enter the mainstream and break barriers of fear, creating understanding and acceptance.

URI Feinstein Providence Campus
1st and 2nd floor Lobby Gallery
80 Washington St
Providence RI 02903

Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 9-9
Fri. & Sat. 9-4
Closed Sundays and Holidays

For information call 401-277-5206

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All events are free and open to the public.

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