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This series of installations was curated by Gallery Agniel for Cornish Associates during the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Annual Conference which met in Providence in 2001. Intended to animate empty first floors in the core of downtown Providence, the buildings used included 19th and 20th century department stores and recently renovated but still raw retail space.

Scott Lapham's black and white photographs of industrial landmarks around Providence were installed in the former Lerner Department Store, a 3200 square foot space with no interior walls. The Lerner Building was in a state of recent demolition when we installed this show and the trace history of past use of the space read in layers of wallpaper, uncovered columns and exposed brick walls. The photographs were exhibited on panels suspended from the ceiling. The state of the building - halfway between a renovated and revitalized future and a still tangible past - provided the works of art a strong backdrop. The installation included texts from Providence Department of Planning and Development's Jon Ozbek who contextualized Scott's portraits of Providence's vanishing mills.

Other installations in this series of shows included work by Jill Colinan in the window of the former Woolworth's Department Store in the Peerless Building. The piece, "Girls, Girls, Girls" featured Colinan's signature stuffed fabric figures. In this case a chorus line of women, perhaps Woolworth's shopgirls, aspired to the glamour of the stage. Kristin Sollenberger also installed her sculpture, "Boots", in the Woolworth Building - her piece is a set of six antique baseball bats carved to taper down to tiny bootclad feet and joined in pairs at the top with rope strung through pulleys. The two sculptors' works resonated with one another, both witty and subtle plays on feminity and sex appeal.

The Burgess Building was home to three nights of free movies produced by Film Farm. Focusing on stop motion animation and the wonderful world of the Brother's Quay. Film Farm director, Daniel Kamil gave Providence a taste of the outstanding programming he now presents nightly in his beautiful film cafe "The Revival House" in Westerly, RI.

More movies met the public in an outdoor installation of Xander Marro’s Movies with Live Soundtracks held in the alley between the Smith Building and the Peerless Building. Known as a famous site for wheatpasting posters for rock shows and other events, Xander dubbed the site "The Alley that used to be all Posters" and curated a selection of films that addressed gentrification, alternative living spaces, and artist designed homes.



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