New Vitullo exhibit opens at John Nicholas Brown Center

New Vitullo exhibit opens at John Nicholas Brown Center



The Providence Album, Vol I: Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan at the Carriage House Gallery, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage (357 Benefit Street).

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The Providence Album: Vol I: Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan

In the 1960s, Providence appeared to be a city in decline. Residents were rapidly relocating to the surrounding suburbs and taking local businesses with them. The construction of I-95 and I-195 was under way, and by 1965 they would permanently sever connections among many of the neighborhoods, separating the South and West Sides from Downtown and the East Side.

The Providence Album, Vol I revisits this period of transition through the photographs of Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan. Some document particular neighborhoods that were undergoing or were threatened by change, while others suggest the grim existence of modern life in a post-industrial city. In most of them, women are the protagonists of this city, appearing like lead characters in a film that is only part of the way through.

The exhibition includes over twenty photographs and recorded interviews with Carmel Vitullo, Stephan Brigidi – a student of Callahan’s at RISD – and staff and seniors at St. Martin de Porres and Laurelmead Senior Centers who remember the city during this period. The exhibition was curated by Public Humanities graduate students Yilin (Elaine) Huang MA ’20, Yao-Hsuan (Sharon) Lin MA ’20, Dashiell Wasserman PhD ’20 and Ariana Wescott MA ’20 and Marisa Angell Brown, Assistant Director of Programs at the Public Humanities Center, and the photographs have generously been lent by the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University and the Bert Gallery Providence.