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Nick Riggle on “The Street in Street Art” @ Brooklyn Public Philosophers, Tuesday 9/16 7:00 P.M.

Sep 16, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

| Free

Brooklyn Public Philosophers is back for it’s second year! Our first speaker is Nick Riggle (Lafayette College), who will be discussing his work on the distinctive features of street art. If you’ve been waiting all summer for your public philosophy fix, here’s the abstract:

“The Street in Street Art”

Much of the excitement around street art is due to the feeling that it is, somehow, a new artform. What, if anything, accounts for this? How, if at all, is street art distinctive? One plausible answer is that street art is art that uses the street to give it the particular significance it has as art. This way of thinking about street art illuminates the difference between street art and other superficially similar artforms, including graffiti and public art. It also refines our understanding of how the street can and cannot be used for aesthetic and artistic ends. But what exactly is “the street”? It’s not merely slabs of concrete that cars can drive on—it is a cultural, public space. I take up the thought that one of the essential functions of the street is to promote public interaction. If that’s right, then there is a natural way to augment this way of thinking about what makes street art distinctive: street art is art that uses the street as such—that is, as a cultural space with the function of promoting public interaction. Through a range of examples, I show that street art is art that aims to harness and enhance this function in various ways. Street art is therefore truly in and of the street—it is an art of the street in the same sense that dancing is an art of movement, and sculpture an art of space.

All BKPP meetings are free and open to the public. We meet in the Info Commons Lab at the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza). If you’re interested in finding out more about BKPP, please check out the website (bkpp.tumblr.com).

See you there, I hope!


Sep 16, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Brooklyn Public Philosophers


Brooklyn Public Library, Info Commons Lab
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States