The Evolution of Street Art in L.A.

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Annenberg Space for Photography

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Judy Baca, Swoon, and Saber discuss the transformation of L.A.’s storied mural and graffiti art scenes.

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Over the past 15 years, Los Angeles real estate investment has boomed. As Silicon Valley spills over into the coastal areas of the city, and L.A.’s central business districts expand, investors have tried to capitalize on swaths of the city left untouched for decades. But this valuable real estate also holds another significance to the city’s street artists. Since the 1970s, street artists – from muralists to graffiti artists – have tried to “maintain real estate.” Whether protecting giant murals from small but marring graffiti tags, to ensuring giant “bombs” are not whitewashed by city or state authorities, L.A.’s street-art scene has battled to preserve its representation of the city’s civic life.

Building on these themes for this lecture and discussion, muralist and Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) co-founder Judy Baca will present on the transformation of L.A.’s storied mural and graffiti art scenes. Known best for her work, The Great Wall of Los Angeles (1976–83), Baca will also lead a conversation with the Brooklyn-based street artist Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon) and graffiti artist Saber to explore the roles graffiti and mural art plays in representing marginalized communities in a quickly gentrifying city.

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