Graffiti has existed since ancient times and continues as an important form of creative expression today. Watch the following videos on contemporary artists Barry McGee (b. 1966) and Margaret Kilgallen (d. 2001) and the beginning of a clip on Roman Emperor Hadrian’s legacy in Egypt for examples of early graffiti. Discuss how graffiti can convey a sense of history, and whether you think graffiti can be art.
You can also watch a short clip on 5Pointz, a graffiti mecca in nearby Long Island City. The building is slated for demolition and redevelopment.
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