From Cornbread to KAWS: Urban, Street, and Graffiti Art
Since the late 1960s, self-sanctioned outdoor graffiti has been on the cutting edge of contemporary mores—providing an outlet for psychological and social issues and, as Shepard Fairey’s 2008 HOPE campaign attests, trenchant political activism. What began as an alternative to the traditional art space, and as a creative avenue for those outside a traditional arts education, has become lionized by the elite art world. In this five-week lecture series, we'll take a virtual journey through the world of graffiti, its transmutation into street art, and migration from the fringes of the mainstream to its center.
This course will be delivered seminar-style online in our virtual classroom via Zoom. All participants will receive login details on how to access the course before it commences.
July 9: NYC Graffiti: Tags, Toys, Throw-Ups, and All-City
July 16: The Migration from Tags to Street Art
July 23: Exiting the Giftshop, Entering the World
July 30: The Contemporary Moment: What's Happening on the Streets Today (Part 1)
August 6: The Contemporary Moment: What's Happening on the Streets Today (Part 2)
What you will learn
• An overview of urban art in the United States and its evolution throughout the years to modern day
• The principle themes of urban art in a modern context and what is currently happening on the streets today
• Basic concepts of urban art with a specialist in contemporary public art and urban practice