No one wants to wake up with profanity spray-painted across their garage door, but collectors would pay millions of dollars to own a chunk of wall that was defaced by London street artist Banksy.
From November 7–17, graduate students enrolled in NIU’s award-winning Museum Studies program will present their fall 2012 exhibition "Tagged: Exploring Modern Graffiti." The exhibition investigates the pervasiveness of graffiti in contemporary society, and considers both its artistic merit and transgressive nature. Within the last decade, a new wave of “green graffiti,” has further complicated graffiti’s classification as vandalism and challenges assumptions of its destructive nature, which leads to this exhibition’s ultimate question: in the ever-evolving landscape of modern graffiti, is this form of expression an art or a crime?
The event is free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. Because this exhibition explores the nature of expression, visitors are encouraged to participate by creating their own graffiti on a “free wall.”
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