I’ve always loved CCRI’s Knight Campus in Warwick, a sort of Brutalist space station with big ramps and glass walls in every classroom. I never realized there was an art gallery in there, which I realize now was maybe by design. Once you go up the big ramp, across a bridge, into the library, and then down a secret staircase, you find yourself in a sort of dingy cave that seems like it was some sort of storage room until two or three weeks ago. Only about half the lights were on when I visited, and the totally gracious student at the desk informed me that two separate video pieces weren’t working that day. As for the art itself, it’s a mix of handguns cast in various materials (glass, crayon), part of Scott Lapham’s noble project to get guns off streets and get teenagers some money by doing so. Unfortunately, the exhibition is so shoddy that even the professional artists (Nafis White, Lloyd Martin) appear to be working at a high school level.
The gallery’s hours are different every day; they’re open on Mondays from 10-11:30 and from 4-7.