Date of Completion


Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors


Art History

First Advisor

Anthony Grudin


graffiti, contemporary art, street art, new york city, new york


My project explores the themes of political unrest, economic instability, and social injustice as pertaining to contemporary illegal street art (2003-2018) within New York City. Street art and graffiti have been used in recent years as a means of communication and political activism to reach a broad audience; for some this has been about participating in a political atmosphere or expressing personal values, and for others it is about confronting institutional power and questioning leadership. In today’s highly fractured political and social climate, considering art’s ability to communicate and the ways in which people choose to express opinions and tackle injustices is of the utmost importance.