Professor Stefano Bloch will read from and discuss the writing of his new book, Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA’s Graffiti Subculture (University of Chicago Press). The book is described as an unflinching portrait of a deeply maligned subculture and an unforgettable account of what writing on city walls means to the most vulnerable people living within them.
“Going All City is that rarest text, both a gripping memoir of life on the street, as well as an academic treatise. There’s no sleight of hand… and the casual reader and academic alike should enjoy the ride, and will likely learn a lot. Bloch’s story is personal, but also a primer on graffiti’s history and technique, as well as its artistic and social import.” — Hyperallergic
Stefano Bloch is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Arizona. Prior to UArizona, he was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Presidential Diversity Fellow and Senior Research Associate in the Urban Studies Program at Brown University.
Free and open to the public. Book sale, book signing, and light reception to follow.