RJ regularly speaks about street art, graffiti, and public art at conferences and other events.
Selected speaking engagements
College Art Association 2019 Annual Conference. February 2019. New York City, NY. RJ joined Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Niku Kashef, Alice Mizrachi, Michelle Carollo, and Madeleine Boucher for the panel Artists Everywhere: Alternative Avenues for Success.
Wall\Therapy. July 2018. Rochester, NY. RJ closed out Wall\Therapy's second annual art and activism conference with his keynote presentation Beyond Wallpaper: The Practicalities and Possibilities of Claiming Space.
Vail Symposium. August 2017. Vail, CO. In a discussion moderated by Bill Rey, RJ, and Mike Rushmore discussed the major names and themes in street art and public art, and as well as the how to and ethics of "collecting street art."
#ViralVandalsTalks. June 2017. Einhoven, the Netherlands. At the invitation of MU and Emoves, RJ gave a lecture and joined a panel about the future of graffiti with Isolde Hallensleben, Jasper van Es, Good Guy Boris (The Grifters), Matthieu Tremblin, and Mick La Rock.
The Art Conference. July 2016. London, UK. RJ advocated for a return to street art's radical and dissident roots and away from mural festival plop art.
Openwalls Conference 2015. October 2015. Barcelona, Spain. RJ and Jordan Seiler spoke about their respective public art practices and held a conversation about the role of art in public space.
NYCxDESIGN. May 2015. New York City, NY. RJ moderated a conversation about the cultural value of public art with Ron English, Carlo McCormick, Sean Corcoran, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Wayne Rada.
Lawrence Technical University. November 2014. Southfield, MI. RJ spoke at LTU as part of their Architecture and Design Lecture Series.
Nuart. September 2014. Stavanger, Norway. For Nuart Plus, RJ participated in the annual pub debate (along with Evan Pricco, editor-in-chief of Juxtapoz, Maismenos, Mathieu Tremblin, and Eirik Sjåholm Knudsen), presented on how legal murals can be used to promote social change, and moderated a panel on street art and activism.
An Evening with Juxtapoz, Vandalog & Living Walls. August 2014. C4, Atlanta, GA. The Living Walls Conference hosted a panel with RJ, Living Walls co-founder Monica Campana, and Juxtapoz photography director Austin McManus.
Viral Art: Disruptions in The Spectacle from spray paint to Google Bombs. April 2014. Space at AIGA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. RJ spoke about viral art and The Spectacle, expanding on ideas found in Viral Art.
Street Art 101. October 2013. City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA. RJ gave an introductory lecture on street art before the opening of …in the house…, a solo show he curated of work by stikman.
Nuart. September 2012. Stavanger, Norway. RJ spoke at the Nuart Plus and gave a tour of Stavanger’s street art and murals with Jordan Seiler. RJ gave a presentation titled Street Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction in conjunction with presentations by Evan Pricco and Tristan Manco about street art in virtual space, followed by a panel discussion with RJ, Evan and Tristan. RJ also debated Carlo McCormick and Evan Pricco on the validity of the internet as a place to experience art.
Street art walking tours. 2009-2012. London, UK. RJ gave tours of street art and graffiti in the London neighborhood of Shoreditch.
Living Walls Conference. August 2011. Atlanta, GA. RJ spoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia as part of the Living Walls lecture series.
Street Communications. April 2011. Haverford College, Haverford, PA. RJ organized and moderated a panel discussion with Gaia, Jordan Seiler, Marc Schiller, and Sara Schiller.