This symposium explores the history of graffiti art in New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and León Guanajuato, Mexico charting its post-industrial past and evolving present. From illicit subcultural act to permission-based and city-sanctioned artistic practice, graffiti illustrates the evolution of industrial surfaces into sprawling urban canvases.
Panelists include scholars and practitioners, and audience members will be invited to participate in a dialogue about potential educational uses for graffiti history in diverse settings. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
Speakers include: Caitlin Bruce and Oreen Cohen, co-organizers of Hemispheric Conversations; Shane Pilster, Graphic Designer and Rivers of Steel Urban Arts Educator, Pittsburgh; Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities, Rivers of Steel, and more.