Capstones

Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2019

Grading Professor

Steve Daly

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Abstract

In a losing battle against street artists, “Make your mark in society, not on society” was the statement written in bold letters on Mayor Ed Koch’s 1982 anti-graffiti campaign. Graffiti writers decided why not? We’ll do both.

New York has witnessed the rise, fall, and renaissance of graffiti culture. There was a time when a “mark” on your property was considered vandalism. Today, those marks are used to drive profit, attract tourists, keep neighborhoods alive and are more than welcome through the doors of museums and galleries around the world. From scribbled tags to murals, graffiti writers have completely changed the narrative behind the once outright illegal act.

Link to capstone: https://medium.com/@georginahallowell/rise-fall-and-renaissance-of-graffiti-c0b50294cc88

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Used spray cans | Beyond the Streets Museum - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Photographs of graffiti movement | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Hip Hop influence on Graffiti | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Beastie Boys logo using graffiti elements | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Different brands of spray paint | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Vandalism | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Graffiti pioneer Snake 1 | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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The first graffiti writer, Cornbread | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Tats Cru also known as The Mural Kings illustrate New York City | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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The criminalization of graffiti | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Maya Hayuk's “Fuck”, a rearranged mural | Maya Hayuk's “Fuck” is a rearranged mural she originally painted in Coney Island in 2015

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Moving Murals | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Hip Hop influencers started off as graffiti writers | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Key graffiti writers within the movement who added their zip codes at the end of their tag | | Beyond the Streets, Exhibit - Brooklyn, NY, Georgina Hallowell

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Street art in Soho | Manhattan, New York, Georgina Hallowell

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Lady Pink work at the MoMA | Manhattan, New York , Georgina Hallowell

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Lady Pink work at the MoMA | Manhattan, New York , Georgina Hallowell

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Basquiat work at the MoMA | Manhattan, New York , Georgina Hallowell

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