‘Facing The Giant’ Events With Shepard Fairey

(10.25) AS220, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Shepard Fairey are celebrating 30 years of OBEY GIANT in the city where his first iconic sticker was slapped onto an unsuspecting public while he was a student at RISD.

Fairey will present ‘In Conversation with Shepard Fairey: Three Decades of Dissent’ a public lecture at the RISD Auditorium on Monday, paint his 100th mural on the Founder’s League building at 91 Clemence Street, from Monday through Friday, and open an exhibit for Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent on Friday, October 25th, at 233 Westminster Street.

Monday, October 21, 7pm, RISD Auditorium, 17 Canal Walk — ‘In Conversation with Shepard Fairey: Three Decades of Dissent.’

There will be a 15-minute documentary screening about Fairey’s last 30 years of work, followed by a conversation with RISD Senior Critic Tom Roberts. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here. Public can also watch via livestream.

Friday, October 25, 6pm to 9pm, 233 Westminster Street — Public opening ‘Facing the Giant: 3 Decades of Dissent’ exhibit. The show will be up until November 16th. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 6pm.

According to OBEY, the works on display at Facing the Giant 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.”

Monday through Friday, 91 Clemence Street — Fairey will be painting his 100th mural on the Founder’s League building.

Davis Alianiello has more about these events, and the subject of the new mural, in this week’s MotifRI.


Angela Davis from the original Nice Slice location on Thayer Street.

Aborn Street mural, 2010.

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