In celebration of 30 years of OBEY GIANT, AS220 and RISD are collaborating to bring Shepard Fairey back to Providence for his 100th mural, as well as an exhibit that will showcase Fairey’s work across his career.
Fairey first became known for his “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” OBEY sticker campaign while attending RISD in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and his “Hope” poster of Barack Obama during the 2008 election made him one of the most recognizable street artists in the country.
Here are the related events happening this month:
Fairey’s 100th Mural
Painting will take place Oct. 21-25
Founder’s League building, 91 Clemence Street
In Conversation with Shepard Fairey: Three Decades of Dissent
Monday, Oct. 21, 7-8 p.m. RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Walk
A 15-minute documentary screening about Fairey’s career, followed by a conversation with RISD Senior Critic Tom Roberts. Free and open to the public. RSVP at RISD.cc/OBEY
Public Opening for Facing the Giant Exhibit
Friday, Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. 233 Westminster Street
According to OBEY, the 30 pieces included in the Facing the Giant exhibit were chosen “for their importance aesthetically and conceptually, and for addressing critical topics and themes frequently recurring throughout Fairey’s career,” including “phenomenology, self-empowerment, rebellion, abuse of power, environmental destruction, racism, gender equality, xenophobia, campaign finance reform, the military industrial complex, propaganda, war and peace, and economic imperialism.”
The prints on display will be available for purchase and a portion of sales will support AS220’s All Access Campaign.
The exhibit runs through Nov. 16, with gallery hours Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6 p.m.