Discussion on contemporary circus & graffiti art



Join us for “Urban Acrobatics: Investigating Shared Histories and Aesthetics of Contemporary Circus and Graffiti” Panel Discussion and Reception

Urban Acrobatics: Investigating Shared Histories and Aesthetics of
Contemporary Circus and Graffiti

Panel Discussion, Reception to follow
Evanston Art Center
(847) 475-5300
Free and open to the Public

The Evanston Art Center provides an open platform for public programming that engages our community in conversations about contemporary art and our visual culture. Through collaborations with Universities, community partners, cultural providers, and various individuals, the Evanston Art Center strives to be a catalyst for scholarship and an incubator for new ideas; welcoming people from all backgrounds and experience levels into the dialog.

We’re very pleased to open the doors of the Art Center to project organizers Caitlin Bruce and Polly Solomon. Their April 15th panel is the second installment of a year-long project that explores the shared connections between contemporary circus and graffiti art in New York City and Chicago. With this exciting project, Bruce and Solomon seek to put into conversation graffiti artists and circus artists through discussions, workshop, and performance in order to investigate the ways in which both
genres utilize publicity, spectacle, and movement.

In this panel at the Evanston Art Center, Chicago local graffiti historian and artist, Gabriel FLASH Carrasquillo, Circus scholar Roy Gomez Cruz, and the project organizers will lead a public discussion about the above themes as they play out in the Windy City. This panel opens a week-long series of
events that will take place at ‘Alternatives,’ including circus and graffiti workshops and a culminating performance.

All of us at the Evanston Art Center are thrilled to be able to offer a vibrant space to celebrate and kick off these events! Please join us after the panel for informal discussion, refreshments, and community building.

All events are free and open to the public. Updates can be found here

Caitlin F. Bruce is a PhD Candidate in the Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture in the Department of Communication studies at Northwestern University, whose research focuses on public art, urban space, critical theory and affect studies. Recent publications include “The Controversy at Rockefeller Center: Phantom Publics, Aesthetic Barbarians” in Advances in the History of Rhetoric; and “Modalities of Publicity: Leon's City of Murals Project” in Inopinatum.

The Evanston Art Center is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibition, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Gallery Hours:  Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 pm; Fri. – Sat. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
First floor galleries are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.

Photo credit: Sarah Alcantara

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