Feb 29, 2024  
School of Graduate, Professional and Extended Studies 2021-2022 
    
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POL 650 - Street Art: A Culture of Social and Political Change

Credits: 3
Street art has become a global means of cultural, social, and political reform. Numerous forms, genres, and strategies for street art generate new forms of communication and meaning, giving visibility to marginalized voices. The leading practitioners and innovative kinds of work being done from the 1990s to the present include Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee, Hot Tea, JR, Swoon, Zevs, and others. Questions this course will consider include: How did “street art” and “graffiti ” become legitimized forms of cultural transmission? How does an “outsider” form of art become a privileged category “inside” established art and media institutions? What effect does this privilege have on the legitimacy of street art itself? What influence do media coverage, rebel persona, identity politics, and art world institutions have on the credibility and authenticity of street art? Upon completion of this course, students should be able to engage in critical thinking, semiotics, and urban anthropology; to apply critical imagination in decoding of subversive artifacts; and to interpret the streets and other public spaces of urban landscapes.



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