Exhibition focuses on graffiti as an aerosol art form

A new exhibition in Emory’s Woodruff Library invitations readers to see graffiti in a new way — as a form of inventive expression.

“Graffiti: A Library Guide to Aerosol Artwork,” on show in the Schatten Gallery on Level 3, focuses on escalating being familiar with of graffiti as an art form. The exhibition, which is open to the community at no price tag, functions photos by mentioned graffiti photographers this kind of as H.J. Parsons and Jack Stewart, as well as a 12-by-8-foot wall section of authentic graffiti established by writer BASER specifically for the exhibition and a glossary of terms employed by graffiti writers (as graffiti artists phone themselves).

For individuals who are influenced by the colorful artwork of graffiti, there is an interactive segment of the exhibition, a table with markers and paper wherever people can produce their very own tags and hang them on the exhibition’s Wall of Fame.

“Graffiti” attracts from the Jack Stewart and H.J. Parsons collections of photos and resources held by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Scarce Book Library, as very well as guides and movies about the art of graffiti from the Emory Libraries’ collections.

Atlanta-born Stewart (1926-2005) was a New York City artist who developed an fascination in graffiti culture and documented subway graffiti. His papers in the Rose Library incorporate slides of graffiti as perfectly as drawings and acrylic or watercolor paintings by Stewart.

Parsons, an Atlanta-location indigenous, started photographing graffiti in 2013 when he uncovered a love for browsing deserted areas all around the metropolis, which were being favored places for graffiti writers.

In 2020, the Rose Library obtained about 1,100 of Parsons’ digital pictures of aerosol artwork in Atlanta and from all around the South. Parsons’ photographs are available for investigation in the Rose Library (a getting support will be on the web quickly).

“Graffiti” was curated by Randy Gue, assistant director of collection improvement and curator of Political, Cultural and Social Actions at the Rose Library. His objective is to existing the colourful letters and shapes as a kind of art and own expression.

“I hope this exhibition broadens people’s concepts about what our libraries accumulate,” Gue claims. “I desired to highlight an sudden, recent topic that deserves really serious scholarly consideration, but an place that also would make men and women say, ‘The library has guides and collections about that? Amazing!’ And graffiti, the only artwork quite a few people today face during every day everyday living, emerged as the most artistic, vivid and crucial way to accomplish that objective.”

In particular, the exhibition spotlights the Rose Library’s developing assortment of present day photography, which creates a record of cultural, social and political actions.

“This exhibition is not supposed to supply a history of graffiti,” adds exhibitions manager Kathy Dixson. “It is much more about highlighting Emory Libraries’ means that doc that record and make it offered for some others to explore. The photography that is featured captures operates of graffiti that can be fleeting and are often swiftly painted in excess of.”

“Graffiti: A Library Information to Aerosol Art” will be on show in the Schatten Gallery on Stage 3 of Emory’s Woodruff Library right up until Jan. 8, 2023. Stop by the exhibition webpage for far more information.

Exhibition focuses on graffiti as an aerosol art form