Fordham Conversations: Graffiti Art

by Robin Shannon, Alen Kanlic
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Right: David Storey Left: Patrick Verel

Robin Shannon

This week we discuss we discuss graffiti art and its impact.

Some people see graffiti as vandalism, a crime or a sign of urban decay. Others see graffiti as art, self-expression and a testament of neighborhood pride.

On This Week’s Fordham Conversations we examine the topic of graffiti art. First we examine graffiti and the law with Leila Amineddoleh, Counsel to Lombard & Geliebter.  Then we discuss the evolution and impact of graffiti art with David Storey, an artist, Fordham University professor and Visual arts Program co-director at Rose Hill, along with Patrick Verel, whose research paper,  “New York City Graffiti Murals: Signs of Hope, marks of Distinction,” examines the usefulness of graffiti.

Below are some notable examples of graffiti in New York City.

By graffiti artist Keith Haring. Photo by Hobo Matt. Graffiti is a comment on the crack epidemic which reached its heights in the mid '80s.

By graffiti artist Keith Haring. Photo by Hobo Matt. Graffiti is a comment on the crack epidemic which reached its heights in the mid '80s. (source)

Artist unknown. Photo by David Storey. This photo is referenced in the latter half of this week's show on the subject of moving art.

Graffiti by Banksy. Photo by Michael Hayes. This can be found preserved on 79th street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Music featured in the show in order of appearance:

The Game Needed Me - Minus the Bear
Daggers - Robot Science
The Crystal Lake - Grandaddy
 
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