June 12, 2021 -- Cultural Content
Dear Friends,

We hope you’ve enjoyed SLEEP MODE, PPL’s virtual exhibition, related events, and an invitation to dream. When we started the planning for this series, the world was locked in the deep sleep mode of a pandemic winter, with dreams as our only escape.
Now it’s almost summer, the Brood X cicadas have emerged loudly from underground, and vaccinations plus long, sunny days have made it possible for us to venture out a bit more as well. Our season of sleep has gone by for now, and our SLEEP MODE series will draw to a close on Monday, June 14, with two final programs.

While it may no longer be time for sleeping, dreaming has never been more essential, so please tune tune in for our final Curator’s Conversation on Monday, June 14 at noon, when series curator Angela DiVeglia will be joined by artists and Dreamscape Archives co-curators Gina Rodríguez-Drix and Dara Bayer in a discussion of “Visions, Warnings, and Instructions,” registehere.
Then, also on Monday, June 14, at 7 pm Gina and Dara will give a virtual Artists' Talk about The Dreamscape Archives project – discussing their own process of working, and challenging us to dream our future. Read more about Gina and Dara and register here.
If you missed earlier SLEEP MODE events, including Audio Essays and Curator’s Conversations, listen and watch here!
Meanwhile, in celebration of Pride month, PPL’s Curator of Rhode Island Collections Kate Wells recently gave a virtual tour of the new Rhode Island LGBTQ+ Community Archive hosted by PPL. Read about the Archive here and here, and watch Kate’s lively, informative presentation here!
Finally, many of you joined us a little over a year ago for a virtual talk by scholars/artists Matthew Lawrence and Jason Tranchida as part their current project, Scandalous Conduct/Newport 1919, about a sex scandal in the US Navy during 1919-1920 (the 1918 pandemic has a cameo!). On Thursday, June 24 at 6 pm, you can join Matthew and Jason IN PERSON at the Newport Art Museum for the next installment of the story, Jack & the Drag Show. The event is free, register here! (And you can watch their PPL talk, which was about a different part of the story, here.)
In gratitude and with all our best wishes for a healthy, restorative summer,
Christina Bevilacqua
Programs & Exhibitions Director
Janaya Kizzie
Events Coordinator
PPL is excited to be part of the team producing
PVDFest Ideas, a forum for big thinking in public, this year focused on projects that engage the themes of commemoration and legacy. PVDFest Ideas programs will take place between mid-June 2021, and late September 2021; learn more about the festival and how to submit a proposal here. And we invite you to read essays on these themes by PPL’s Janaya Kizzie, along with those presented by our Ideas partners: FirstWorks, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the RI Council for the Humanities, and the RI Historical Society.