previews

  • Brian Chippendale, Save Eagle Square, 2001, silk screen on paper, 40 x 25". From “Wunderground.”

    Brian Chippendale, Save Eagle Square, 2001, silk screen on paper, 40 x 25". From “Wunderground.”

    “Wunderground: Providence, 1995 to the Present”

    RISD Museum
    20 North Main Street
    September 15, 2006–January 7, 2007

    Curated by Judith Tannenbaum

    Founded in 1995 by artists Mat Brinkman and Brian Chippendale, Fort Thunder was a decrepit, junk-filled warehouse in Providence that became home to an ever-shifting group of artists and musicians. It was also, for a particular breed of pilgrim, a holy site—mecca for a hyperpsychedelic art of visual and aural excess. Forcefield, the art collective, and Lightning Bolt, the band, were both forged in this creative cauldron; the latter’s performances there approached a hallucinatory, sweaty sublime. But the party had to end: Developers razed the building in 2002. This exhibition, conceived by Brinkman, Chippendale, and six other artists who got their start in the Providence underground, aims to capture the scene’s manic energy with approximately two thousand screenprinted posters for local art and music shows, as well as sound recordings and a new, site-specific, collaborative installation.