This collection of original articles brings together for the first time the research on graffiti from a wide range of geographical and chronological contexts and shows how they are interpreted in various fields. Examples range as widely as medieval European cliff carvings to tags on New York subway cars to messages left in library bathrooms. In total, the authors legitimize the study of graffiti as a multidisciplinary pursuit that can produce useful knowledge of individuals, cultures, and nations. The chapters-represent 20 authors from six countries; -offer perspectives of disciplines as diverse as archaeology, history, art history, museum studies, and sociology;
-elicit common themes of authority and its subversion, the identity work of subcultures and countercultures, and presentation of privilege and status.
Troy R. Lovata
, Elizabeth Olton
Left Coast Press Inc
Country of Publication:
30 September 2015
Further / Higher Education
Preface Introduction, Elizabeth Olton and Troy Lovata Section 1: What Can Be Learned From Graffiti Chapter 1: The [Art] History of Graffiti: Speculative Scratches on Narratival Models of a Visual Practice, Oscar E. Vazquez Chapter 2: On The Origins of Anonymous Texts That Appear On Walls, Amardo Rodriguez Chapter 3: Reclaiming the Ruins: A Case Study of Graffiti Heritage Interpretation at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Bruce Beaton and Shannon Todd Section 2: Understanding Graffiti in Context Chapter 4: Archaeology and Graffiti Carved in Carpathian Rock: The Thracian Horseman or an Early Medieval Image of Power and Authority, Drago Mandescu Chapter 5: Ornament as Armament: Playing Defense in Wildstyle Graffiti, Gabrielle Gopinath Chapter 6: From the Street to the Gallery: A Critical Analysis of the Inseparable Nature of Graffiti and Context, Alexandra K. Duncan Chapter 7: Marked Trees: Exploring the Context of Southern Rocky Mountain Arborglyphs, Troy Lovata Chapter 8: Latrinalia in a Room of One's Own: Language, Gender, Place, Melissa Meade Section 3: Understanding History through Graffiti Chapter 9: Graffiti as Resistance: Early Prehistoric Examples from the Casma Valley of Peru, Shelia Pozorski and Thomas Pozorski Chapter 10: An Alternative History: Graffiti from Room 9, Structure 5d-65, Tikal, Guatemala, Elizabeth Olton Chapter 11: Beyond Art History: Graffiti on Frescoes, Veronique Plesch Section 4: Graffiti as a Witness to Change Chapter 12: Inside the Tunnels: The Artistic Legacy of Anti-Nuclear Activists at a Nevada Peace Camp, Colleen M. Beck, Lauren W. Falvey, and Harold Drollinger Chapter 13: Graffiti in the Heart of Timor Leste, Robert Paton and Kate Rogers Chapter 14: Writing with a Global Accent: Cairo and the Roots/Routes of Conflict Graffiti, John Lennon Section 5: Understanding the Legal and Political Implications of Graffiti Chapter 15: Writing History: How New York City Graffiti Went from Getting Up to Getting Over, Tyson Mitman Chapter 16: Historic Graffiti and Calliglyphs on Two Military Establishments in England, Christopher Daniell Chapter 17: A Wall In Mexico City's Historic Center: Calle Regina 56, Pamela Scheinman Index
Troy Lovata is Associate Professor in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico, USA. For the last 10 years he has taught and researched topics in the Honors College related to public archaeology, the demarcation of public space, and the ways in which people mark the landscape. His research includes: studies of the links between contemporary public art and prehistoric monuments; examination of how people use the past as currency in the present, and using landscape archaeology to study historic carved aspen trees in New Mexico and Colorado. Dr. Lovata has also served as the mayoral appointed Chair of the Albuquerque Arts Board. His book, Inauthentic Archaeologies: Public Uses and Abuses of the Past , was published by Left Coast in 2007. Elizabeth Olton teaches in the Department of Art History at the University of New Mexico, USA and is affiliated with the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. With a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of New Mexico, she has also taught at St. MaryAEs Honors College in Maryland and the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. Through her dissertation research, Dr. Olton became fascinated with ancient Maya graffiti from the Central Acropolis at Tikal.
Reviews for Understanding Graffiti: Multidisciplinary Studies from Prehistory to the Present
The volume provides fodder to consider graffiti in one's everyday environment, as a guide to students and scholars exploring graffiti. In this sense, the editors have achieved what they set out to do, that is, provide an easily accessible, theoretically grounded text, appropriate to utilize in undergraduate classrooms. - David Fazzino, Anthropology News (American Anthropological Association)