If Walls Could Talk: A Dialogue About Visual Art in Public Space

As part of its Wall Project, and in collaboration with LMU, The Wende Museum presented a discussion with the L.A.-based muralist Kent Twitchell, Berlin Wall muralist Thierry Noir, L.A. graffiti artist Timoi, and Steve Bagish, founder and director of ArtStorm.   Moderated by Carolyn Peter, director and curator of LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, the panelists shared their experiences working in the realm of public art.  The discussion explored why these artists were drawn to create art in public spaces where politics, legal issues, scale and the weather all play a role in the creative process.  Whether they were painting on the Berlin Wall, the side of an L.A. freeway or at Venice Beach, these artists have grappled with the temporality of their work in shifting urban and political landscapes.