Writing on the Wall
“Leaving your name on the wall is a primitive drive—about broadcasting your nameand about claiming territory. I was here and this is mine,” writes artist Shepard Fairey in the introduction of The Autograph Book of L.A. This new book, along with an exhibit at Central Library, kicks-off the final installment of a trilogy of special projects curated by Josh Kun—after Songs in the Key of Los Angeles and To Live and Dine in L.A.—surveying the social and cultural history of Los Angeles through the Los Angeles Public Library’s special collections. Join us for a celebration that brings together Fairey and Gajin Fujita—contributors to the book and two of today’s most renowned artists who are also the first artists to re-imagine artwork for the Los Angeles Public Library card. From the ephemeral nature of graffiti to the lasting legacy of cultural artifacts to broader social ideas, this special conversation at Central Library with an introduction by Assistant City Librarian Susan Broman will trace the contours of the autograph and what it means to leave your mark.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reservation policy for ALOUD?
As most ALOUD at Central Library programs are free of charge, it is our policy to overbook. In the case of a FULL program your free reservation may not guarantee admission. We recommend arriving early. Space permitting, unclaimed reservations will be released to standby patrons at 7 PM.
Why do programs fill so quickly?
ALOUD provides a unique experience for the public to engage with scholars, authors, and artists in the intimate 235-seat Mark Taper Auditorium. Library Foundation Members have the benefit of reserving for programs in advance of the public. Consider joining as a Member to receive this benefit, and check the website on an on-going basis for program availability. Be sure to subscribe to our email alerts, and visit our Media Archive for podcasts and other items from our recent programs.
Where does ALOUD take place?
Unless otherwise noted, ALOUD programs are held at the downtown Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium.
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Should I purchase the author’s book in advance?
We encourage you to purchase books from the Library Store. All proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Books are made available for purchase when you reserve for a program online, and are also on sale at programs. In order to participate in the book signing, you must purchase at least one book from The Library Store. Members receive discounts on purchases.