Thursday, March 29, 2012

UC Merced Grad Student's Urban Art Research has Global Reach

Graduate student Marco Valesi is turning a scholarly lens on an emerging form of expression. He searches cities for art that appears without the approval of authorities.

Few scholars across the globe document and interpret this kind of unsanctioned work, termed "urban art." UC Merced’s World Cultures graduate group lets Valesi focus his study in a way that might be difficult at more traditional schools.

"I write about hybrid culture, post-colonial society and trans-modern cultures," Valesi said. "All of these topics are very UC Merced — they bring together diverse subjects and different professors and disciplines."