Experience Seen/Unseen: Providence, an engaging series of portraits of local residents by photographer Mary Beth Meehan, featured on 8 large-scale banners on the sides of downtown buildings. Each site has a plaque identifying the subject along with a map showing other locations including 50 Aborn Street, 165 Washington Street, 32 Custom House, AS220’s Mercantile Block, and the Biltmore Garage. The installation will continue through July 2016.
As part of the Providence International Arts Festival, a larger gallery exhibition featuring 30 images runs from June 1st through the 20th, on the second floor of City Hall. A special gallery reception is planned on Saturday, June 13th from 6-8 PM. The works are also featured on Meehan’s blog.
Meehan will also participate in an artist talk and public conversation at the Chace Center at the RISD Museum at 4 PM on Thursday, June 11th. The discussion also includes Anne Valk, Donald King, and Fernando Oliveros, one of the subjects of the portraits.
Seen/Unseen: Providence is an ongoing project that raises questions about how we view (or don’t view) other members of the community. The installation has been supported by RISCA, The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, FirstWorks, and PopUp Providence. Read more in The Providence Journal.