Learn about graffiti’s metamorphosis—from being associated with negligence and decay to being seen as an art form and commercialized as such—at the Brooklyn Brainery (190 Underhill Ave., nr. Sterling Pl., Prospect Heights; 347-292-7246). On May 24 at 8:30 p.m., Sam Holleran, a design educator at the Center for Architecture and the 92nd Street Y, will give a talk about how graffiti has changed and how, in turn, it has changed the world around it. Admission is $10.
New York City’s innovative use of public space is one of its crowning glories. On May 24, leaders in architecture, landscaping, and more will come together for a daylong summit to discuss design and public engagement for New York’s urban parks and public spaces. Speakers will include Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of NYC Parks, and Paul Goldberger, Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at the New School. The event will take place at the New School’s University Center (63 Fifth Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-229-5600) from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for New School students with an ID and $10 for the general public.
The Sartorialist and Amy Arbus
The Sartorialist (a.k.a. Scott Schumann) and Amy Arbus are well known for photographing fabulous New Yorkers. On May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Strand’s Rare Book Room (826 Broadway, at 12th St.; 212-473-1452), Schumann and Arbus will be speaking about trolling the streets of New York for artistic inspiration. The event is free and open to the public, and copies of Schumann’s The Sartorialist: X and Arbus’s On the Street will be available for purchase.