Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell

Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell

by Jane Golden, Robin Rice, Monica Yant Kinney
     
 

"In June 1984, Jane Golden, a young muralist from Margate, New Jersey, headed up a project that was originally planned as a six-week youth program in the fledgling Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network. This small exercise in fighting graffiti grew into the most vibrant public art project in the United States. Led by Golden and dozens of artists, neighborhood residents,… See more details below

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"In June 1984, Jane Golden, a young muralist from Margate, New Jersey, headed up a project that was originally planned as a six-week youth program in the fledgling Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network. This small exercise in fighting graffiti grew into the most vibrant public art project in the United States. Led by Golden and dozens of artists, neighborhood residents, and volunteers, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has adorned the city with over two thousand murals. In the process, this vibrant art, painted mostly on city walls, helped to change the look of the city, creating an enduring legacy in all of the neighborhoods in which the murals were added." In this illustrated chronicle of the Mural Arts Program, you will see the murals in all of their beauty and learn about their inspiring legacies in neighborhoods throughout the city. Go behind the scenes to find out how murals are made and why the process is as much an art of diplomacy and consensus building as paint and perspective. Discover through pictures and text how murals give communities a new way to define themselves, not in terms of the streets and intersections that border them, but in terms of the people who came together to create something of dramatic beauty.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566399517
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Series:
Critical Perspectives on the Past Ser.
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,328,428
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Can a City be Planned?1
1Metropolis and Nation15
2The Midcentury Boom55
3The Rule of Real Estate89
4The Frictions of Space134
5Imagining the Imperial Metropolis158
6The Politics of City Building189
7Uptown Utopia217
8The Failure of Bourgeois Urbanism251
App.: Statistical Tables269
Notes275
Index331

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