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Tagged: Exploring Modern Graffiti

Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Visual Arts Building, Gallery 214 330 Gilbert Dr

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?

Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 12pm-4pm

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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