Influential street artist Shepard Fairey has been a cornerstone of the US urban art scene for more than a decade, but his influence trancended mere street art after he created an image of Barack Obama so powerful, that it became the image that symbolized Obama’s presidential campaign. How fitting that the LA based Fairey will come to Washington DC to speak about the social and political issues that have influenced his art work.

The famous Corcoran Museum will hold a symposium with Shepard Fairey and Al Farrow. Both artists will be attending the reception that follows the discussion.

The following day (Oct 18th), don’t miss Shepard’s show at Irvine Contemporary. AM will be posting a preview of this shortly!

Date: Friday, October 17th 2008 7pm

Location: Corcoran Museum – 500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

More details after the jump

“Internationally celebrated contemporary artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey has always marched to the beat of his own drum. Known for creating eye-opening artwork which focuses on provocative social and political themes, Fairey has become one of the world’s most influential street artists. His most recent work, “Hope,” a stylized, three-color print of Barack Obama, quickly became one of the most iconic images of the 2008 presidential campaign. Acclaimed contemporary sculptor Al Farrow continues to push the envelope with his artwork. Exhibited in major museums throughout the world, his striking sculptures—made from gun parts, bullets, and human bone—evoke themes that challenge the status quo and question widely accepted social norms. Shepard Fairey and Al Farrow discuss their innovative work and reflect on the social and political issues that inspire them to create. Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, moderates. A reception follows the program.
Both artists’ work will be featured in the politically charged exhibition, Regime Change Starts at Home, with works by Paul D. Miller (DJ Spooky),on view at Irvine Contemporary, October 18–December 6, 2008. ” via Corcoran Museum