RISD Anti-Racism Coalition (risdARC) is dedicated to combating our institution’s prolonged history of anti-Blackness, marginalization, and discrimination along with the intersections of global systems of oppression affecting our community. We support and advocate for the needs of all students of color regardless of ethnicity, race, disability, gender, or sexuality.

Black Biennial

July 1 2020

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RISD Exhibitions

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RISD Staff, Faculty, & Staff

Gelman Gallery is pleased to work on the first biennial exhibition devoted to highlighting the work of Black artists and designers in RISD’s community. The gallery has had exhibitions focused on issues around the experience and identity of RISD’s Black students in past years, but this initiative solidifies the importance and commitment to this narrative as an official biennial.

As with MLK Day celebrations and programming, this will be an event that students can look forward to experiencing for years to come.

The Biennial, as with most shows at Gelman, will be student curated and focus on a specific theme of the curators choosing. Student curators will have the opportunity to work with the SEI office as well as the Museum’s Education staff to develop programming around the exhibition. This can include things like community outreach, gallery talks, and panel discussions centered around the topic of the Biennial and more.

The curators for this inaugural exhibition are Rey Londres (BFA Photography), Melaine Ferdinand-King (Brown PhD Africana Studies), Chukwudi Nwamba (M. global Arts & Culture).

The exhibition and its programming will coincide with activities around MLK day.

More information will be released as dates and programming are finalized toward the fall semester.