GI Speaks

GI Speaks is an annual event where we bring in a speaker to address RISD and situate it in a global context. This year is a collaboration with The White Pube, an artist-critic duo based in the United Kingdom, where we will be working with the RISD community to host a series of studio visits, critiques, dinners and a lecture.

"The White Pube is the collaborative identity of Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad under which we write criticism and (sometimes) curate. It is based here at and also on Instagram and Twitter as @thewhitepube. We publish a new text every Sunday, mostly exhibition reviews but every so often baby essays or podcasts, which are filed under art thoughts. We started writing about art because everything else was boring/overly academic/white nonsense////and male. every review is a personal reaction, and a record of an encounter with an aesthetic experience. we wanna write GOOD ~ have politix ~ n call out the general bullshit that stops a lot of us even wantin 2 go to galleries. oh also very recently we started a youtube channel i have no idea what is going to happenw with that but we'll see..."

In 2017, GI worked with the RISD MLK Series to bring in a world-renowned graphic designer, Emory Douglas, who will discuss identity through political art.

Emory Douglas is the former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. Douglas was asked by Huey P. Newton to be “a revolutionary artist” for the Panthers. He founded the Black Panther Party newspaper as a method to enlighten and inform his community through a culture of self-defiance, and self-determination in a predominantly white media format. In the publications, Emory harnessed the powers of graphic design, illustration, and written word to challenge systems of injustice, and to empower the disenfranchised. Art and Design activist Colette Gaiter has praised his image making for creating a “visual mythology of power for the oppressed and victimized” drawing attention to the ability of his work to go beyond commentary to provoke real positive change. Emory’s life work demonstrates the importance of critical image-making to social justice movements and it’s potential to create a culture of activism; in addition, He has exhibited internationally at numerous venues from the New Museum in New York to the Galeria zé dos Bois in Lisbon. Douglas’s work has received acclaim by scores of artists, writers, critics, and activists worldwide and has brought social awareness to thousands.


—isms: Exploring the Intersectionality of Identities

Our goal with —isms is to create a more in depth conversation with the visiting speaker, sparking an interdisciplinary discussion regarding themes of identity. The program will highlight the methods of thinking and producing that make up the RISD community. Our plan is to curate a campus-wide exhibition to be displayed in multiple gallery spaces around RISD. This exhibit will be based on a prompt about identity which will produce work to inspire conversation amongst students and faculty.  

Our goal is for each undergraduate studio department (including Foundations) to have at least one class to use a prompt regarding identity. Student work will be curated into an exhibit titled “ISMS: Exploring the Intersectionality of Identities”. From the exhibit, a selection of works will be formally critiqued as part of the 2017 MLK Series in January by a panel of critics that includes Emory Douglas, local activists, and RISD faculty.