Document Type

Report

Publication Date

4-12-2015

Abstract

The purpose of the exhibition is to explore issues of identity and race among

African-American artists and designers at RISD. We hope to connect the RISD

community to prints, photographs, sculptures, and corresponding audio/video of

students talking about their experience. The exhibit space will use performance as

a catalyst to start meaningful dialogue and foster connections across campus. We

see this as a platform to fully engage the RISD community, staff, faculty, and

students in a conversation about the cultural context of their work. In our

respective disciplines we are both exploring topics of race and racism and

provoking conversations on difficult subject matter. Tia is conducting historical

research that investigates racial tropes within seventeenth- and eighteenth-century

Providence that are still germane today. Kelly is unearthing historical artifacts

throughout American history as a way to better understand her own culture.

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