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Author Talk: 

Painting Publics

Saturday April 27, 2019 
2:30PM 

Cosponsored by Friends in the City, Penn’s Village and the Philadelphia City Institute Library


Caitlin Bruce, an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh, will present her bookPainting Publics: Transnational Legal Graffiti Scenes as Spaces for Encounter. In Painting Publics, Caitlin Bruce explores how various legal graffiti scenes across the United States, Mexico and Europe provide for encounters between different publics and diverse ways for artists to navigate their changing relationships with publics, institutions, and commercial entities.

Caitlin Bruce's research is in the area of visual studies, affect studies, and critical theory. She is currently investigating the relationships between public art in urban spaces in transition within a transnational milieu. Largely focusing on graffiti and muralism, Bruce argues that such public art creates spaces for encounter between different publics, and between publics and central, peripheral, or marginal spaces. Her research takes her to Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, Paris, Perpignan, León Guanajuato, and Mexico City. She is currently working on a manuscript on transnational public art.

We will meet in the Philadelphia Institute Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library located at 1905 Locust Street.Please emailinfo@pennsvillage.orgor call 215 925 7333 to register. The Library is not handicapped accessible, but they are working on it!