TEDx: “The Streets As Canvas” by Jim Daichendt

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Author, journalist, and arts professor Jim Daichendt outlines the history and social impact of street art at a TEDx seminar from Azusa Pacific University.

By Daniel Barron


The birth of Yay! LA is tied closely to the mainstreaming of street art, dating back to my early days attending weekly gallery openings and acquainting myself with the LA scene. Four years later, the form remains as relevant as ever, utilized in corporate marketing campaigns and even becoming the basis for a much buzzed-about reality TV show. One of the most user-friendly art forms is now more accessible than ever, and a key figure in the study and legitimization of this movement has been a man named Jim Daichendt. Now Associate Dean and Professor of Art History at Azusa Pacific University, Daichendt has written a number of books and articles charting the cultural impact of street art, making him a valued member of the Southern California community.  We conducted an in-depth interview with Daichendt back in 2013 prior to the release of his book Stay Up: Los Angeles Street Art and both our Assistant Editor Evan Senn and I have been invited to give lectures in front of his classes.

Recently, Daichendt was given the honor of delivering a TED Talk about street art to a roomful of attendees at Aszusa Pacific. In the fourteen-minute video below, he provides a quick social and historical context for the form, outlines basic street art and graffiti terminology, and name checks some of the defining talents in the modern guerrilla art Renaissance. It’s a great primer for beginners and those intrigued by the lecture should definitely scope out our interview from two years ago, which delves into the subject with much more clarity.



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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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