Wayfaring: Conversations on Travel, Art & Culture

Stephen Powers

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Thursday 9/18
7:00 pm
$10 General Public
$8 Students & Seniors
$5 IHP Members

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Moderated by Anthony Smyrski of Random Embassy and Megawords

Artist Stephen Powers comes to IHP as part of our Wayfaring series to discuss the impact of travel and culture on his work, specifically in relation to his on-going project A Love Letter to the City.

Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, his colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. “Open your eyes / I see the sunrise,” “If you were here I’d be home,” “Forever begins when you say yes.” What at first looks like nothing so much as an advertisement, suddenly becomes something grander and more mysterious—a hand-painted love letter at billboard size. Combining community activism and public art, Powers and his team of sign mechanics collaborate with a neighborhood’s residents to create visual jingles— sincere and often poignant affirmations and confessions that reflect the collective hopes and dreams of the host community. A Love Letter to the City includes murals on the walls and rooftops of Brooklyn and Syracuse, Tokyo, New York, Philadelphia; Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; São Paolo, Brazil; and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Copies of his book A Love Letter to the City will also be available.