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Preview of Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the Present (900 pixels wide)
posted July 9, 2006
 

I don't usually do previews of forthcoming art shows but I wanted to post images from Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the present opening at the RISD Museum in Providence on September 15, for a few reasons.

1. I think some of you might want to go. I know I want to go.

2. I believe the comics and art emanating from Providence during the period covered by the show continue to be really important as comics and for comics. I get a lot of joy looking at and reading this stuff, too. I talk about the Fort Thunder part of the Providence arts scene in this article. The featured artists at the two-part exhibition ("Shangri-la-la-land" and "Providence Poster Art 1995-2005") are Mat Brinkman, Brian Chippendale, Jim Drain, Leif Goldberg, Jungil Hong, Xander Marro, Erin Rosenthal and Pippi Zornoza.

3. I want to encourage all of my comics reporting friends to consider providing this show with some coverage. This is as slick and thorough a promotional folder as I've ever received from a museum. The contact person is . I think the show's important. There will be a book for the show produced in part by Dan Nadel of PictureBox Inc. that will include a piece by Gary Panter, so there are multiple ins. People like Nadel and Tom Devlin are potential outside sources to whom a feature writer can speak. With the rich music scene anchored by many of the featured artists, it could also make for a possible music feature.

I hope this will at least put the show in people's minds. And even if it doesn't, enjoy the array of preview art provided below.

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Brian Chippendale

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Mat Brinkman

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Mat Brinkman

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Erin Rosenthal

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Mat Brinkman

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Jim Drain

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Leif Goldberg

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Mat Brinkman

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Brian Chippendale

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photo from inside Fort Thunder space

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Leif Goldberg

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