Street art has a contentious history: some see these public works of art as âinterventionsâ into the fabric of a city, celebrating the reclamation of public spaces, while others see these unsanctioned works as vandalism. In this lecture, I will address prominent street artists, with a focus on the notorious British artist Banksy. We will explore the functions of and various approaches to understanding street art â critically thinking about whether it is an aesthetically driven activity or a method of raising awareness for social and/or political issues. The discussion will focus primarily on England’s street art scene, where Banksy has been most prolific, but the lecture will take us from the streets of London to the West Bank Barrier of the Israeli-Palestinian border to Americaâs epicenter for street art, New York City.
Presented by Kristin Brockman of The Ohio State University’s Department of Art History.