These walls talk
Dr. Josep Minguell and Refa One / The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Building Six, the sixth structure built on campus and home of the university’s first printing press, is scheduled to be demolished late this summer. To pay tribute, Arantxa Ascunce, professor of Spanish and Iberian Studies at UH-Manoa, has organized a week-long symposium featuring two celebrated artists from two seemingly divergent worlds: Dr. Josep Minguell, a fresco muralist from Barcelona, and Refa One, a revolutionary aerosol artist from San Francisco. This exploratory cultural symposium focuses on diversity and brings together people of all walks of life to discuss and propagate art, language and culture of the different genres of Muralism. The two have already started on the mural, which will cover the walls of Building six and will be unveiled, this Friday in the Building Six courtyard. In addition to this remonstration, the university is holding lectures and workshops for the rest of the week: “The Language of Muralism: Classical to Revolutionary,” held today from 2:30–4pm in Moore Hall, room 119 and a “Street Writing” workshop, taught by Refa One on Thursday in the Art Auditorium from 2:30–5:30pm. The symposium will commence at the unveiling, along with a fiesta including, crafts, live DJ performances, food and drinks, and the opportunity to mingle with the artists.