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may, 2022

This event is part of a series – see below for details.

05may10:00 a.m.9:00 p.m.Faded, the gallery, exploring the lineage of graphic t-shirtsin the gallery: May 5 - May 29WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street Event Organized By: WaterFire Providence

Event Details

Faded, the gallery
Faded, the gallery

Faded, the gallery is a month-long exhibition exploring the lineage of graphic t-shirts from their earliest adaptations as a new medium for creative self expression in the 1930s to present day. On view in the WaterFire Arts Center gallery from Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 29, 2022. Opening night is Thursday, May 5, from 6-9 pm and Gallery Night Providence + TroopTop, a rooftop bar with neighborhood restaurant Troop PVD (third Thursday of the month), May 19, 5-9pm.

The exhibition will have over one hundred rare examples of vintage t-shirts, showcasing eight decades of explosive genre defining artwork while highlighting groundbreaking innovations in design and printing techniques.

In addition to the historic survey of t-shirts, the exhibit will showcase the work and careers of three world renowned artists – Joey Mars, Joe Perez, and Sean Taggart, who’ve all played influential roles in shaping the medium and culture of t-shirt design over the past forty years and today.

The WaterFire Arts Center store + gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. *

Faded, the gallery will culminate with TWO EVENTS at the end of the month:

FADE Artists Panel

“Inside Faded” An Artist Panel will take place on Friday, May 27th from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Join us for a moderated artist panel with three world renowned artists – Joey Mars, Joe Perez, and Sean Taggart – discussing their art, process, and industry. The panel will be moderated by Coffee and J’s. A Q&A will follow. Admission to the panel is free; RSVP as seats are limited.

FADED, vintage event market

The Faded Show is a one day only convention on Saturday, May 28th, showcasing the art and business of vintage t-shirts and beyond. The show features a choice array of dealer booths, a designated trade pit and special guest appearances from authors and artists behind some of the most coveted vintage shirt designs. The day long event will include food trucks, a roof top bar and live DJs. The Faded Show is a ticketed event: General Admission, pre sale, 11am-6pm, tickets are $10.


* The WaterFire Arts Center will be closed on Friday, May 20 for a private event.

Event Times

(Thursday) 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


WaterFire ProvidenceWaterFire Providence® is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city by presenting WaterFire for all to enjoy. 475 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908