Date of Award
Master of Arts
General Art History
Leslie L Luebbers
L Jenkins Earnestine
Fred C Albertson
Street art and museums are posited as antithetical to one another. The former is essentially vandalism-as-art while the latter is the gatekeeper of culture. Although street art actively contests authority through its illegal existence in public, that does not prevent it from exisiting inside museums. This literal incorporation is explored briefly by way of the exhibition Banksy versus the Bristol Museum (2009), but it is not the primary concern of this thesis. Instead, the focus is how street art and museums operate from a similar goal of social justice apparent through their efforts to engage communities, increase accessibility, and nourish dialogue. With the need for museums to meet the social justice mandates of accrediting organizations, they may find street art relevant. Instead of suggesting museums acquire street art, this research exemplifies how the spirit of street art may be incorporated into museum practices to achieve the museum's mission.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Rahbe, Samira, "Street Art and Museums: Their Similarities Applied" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1861.