Bannister Gallery

About the Gallery

Since November 1978, the E. M. Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College has been in continuous operation in presenting a yearly calendar of 8 - 10 exhibitions of contemporary art by local, regional, and internationally renowned artists. The gallery was created by the department of Art and was literally the center of the department for two decades until its relocation in September 2000 to the Roberts Hall / Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts complex. The gallery has presented artworks in all the spectrum of traditional media, as well as more contemporary site specific, electronic, and video projects.

The exhibits are selected by department of Art faculty members, who serve as exhibit curators from time to time on a revolving committee and who bring in projects related to their particular area of studio expertise. Other components of the annual schedule are recurring: the annual 'October Series', organized by the dean's office FAS - a biennial 'Bannister Series', focusing on African American artists - the Director's Project each year - and the annual Faculty and Senior shows which begin and end each academic year.

Exhibits are generally on display for 3 weeks and usually include a lecture visit by the artist(s) or other related talks and events.

An adjacent hallway display area was created in 2002, and is used as either an extension of the main exhibit or for separate shows of works on paper, photos, and small paintings.

Rhode Island College - Roberts Hall, 124
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908

Tuesday - Friday: Noon–8pm
Monday, Weekends & Holidays: Closed


Sophie Kahn: Machines for Suffering

February 28 through March 22

Opening reception: Thursday, February 28, 4-7 PM


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Sophie Kahn

Sophie Kahn's work explores the ways in which technology misunderstands the human body. The precisely engineered 3d laser scanner she uses was never designed to capture the human body, which is always in motion. When confronted with a motion, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, generating glitch. She outputs this damaged data as prints, video, and hand-finished, 3D printed sculptures. The works that result draw inspiration from funereal and memorial sculpture, and appear to be faux-historical forgeries – or contemporary relics. In this exhibition, she presents a new body of work that depicts the female body as monumental architecture - a project under continuous construction (or possibly demolition).

Sophie Kahn is a Brooklyn-based Australian new media artist. She earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Art/History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London; a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Information Architecture from RMIT University, Melbourne; and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was awarded a full tuition Trustee Scholarship. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul. Her video work has been screened in festivals including Transmediale, Zero1 San Jose Biennial, Dance Camera West, Trampoline, Frequency, Currents New Media Festival and the Japan Media Arts Festival.  Sophie has taught in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute as a Visiting Associate Professor, and at Columbia College, Chicago, as a visiting instructor. She has recently completed residencies at the NARS Foundation and at the Museum of Arts and Design, both in New York City. Her work has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic, and other private funding bodies. Her work is held in public and private collections in the United States and internationally. Sophie is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Digital and Electronic Arts Fellow.