Course at a Glance

February 2
HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall, room 106

Public Art 101: Touring the Murals of Old Town Eureka


With Gabrielle Gopinath

This past summer, Eureka's first Street Art Festival invited more than 20 artists to make new murals and works of public art in Eureka's historic Old Town neighborhood. Tour Eureka's newest works of public art in the company of an art historian.

Learn about street art's recent history, the explosion of its popular appeal since the 1990s and its historically conflicted relationship with law enforcement and the art market.

Explore how art history and pop culture have influenced street artists' and contemporary muralists' styles.

This approximately half-mile walking tour will move from the Redwood Coast Energy Authority building at Opera Alley and H St. to Mendenhall Studios at Opera Alley and C St., with frequent stops to discuss art.

In case of bad weather, the instructor has prepared a slideshow of the murals and the class will meet indoors at Humboldt State University.

Sat., Feb. 2 • 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location has changed: Harry Griffith Hall, room 106

$35 • Class #: 26869

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Gabrielle Gopinath

Critic and art historian Gabrielle Gopinath writes about contemporary art, place and culture. Her essays have appeared in Art Practical, San Francisco Art Quarterly, the Oxford Art Journal, Contemporaneity, and the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. She received a Ph.D. in the history of art from Yale University and has served on the faculties of institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. She writes arts criticism with a focus on northern California for the North Coast Journal.