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“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.

Gajin Fujita

Gajin Fujita is the son of Japanese parents who raised him in Boyle Heights. As a teenager, Fujita became fascinated with graffiti, joining tagging crews and following his path towards fine art. His pride for his L.A. roots and reverence for Japanese art history are found incorporated in his paintings—seen through his usage of graffiti language, Edo-period woodblock prints, and West Coast cultural symbols. From New Orleans to Sydney, his work has been included in museum exhibitions worldwide including LACMA, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Austrian Gallery Belvedere, and more. Fujita is represented by L.A. Louvre gallery in Venice Beach, CA.

Shepard Fairey

Josh Kun

Josh Kun is a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, where he directs the Popular Music Project of the Norman Lear Center. He is the author or editor of several books, including Audiotopia: Music, Race and America, and his writings on music and culture have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesThe American ProspectLos Angeles Magazine, and many other publications. As a curator and consultant, he has worked with The Getty Foundation, the GRAMMY Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Autry Museum, the Skirball Cultural Center, and others.

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