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UHD Hosting Nov. 15 'Saving Banksy' Screening

The work of street artist Banksy has provoked and amused audiences around the globe. His politically-charged (and often humorous) paintings can be found on walls across Europe and America.

Among his most prolific street paintings is the Haight Street Rat in San Francisco. The painting of a rodent (wearing a beret in Che Guevara pose) is one of the artist’s last remaining stencil works in the Bay Area. When the City of San Francisco ordered a building owner to paint over the art, conservator Brian Greif stepped in to preserve the Rat.

For the rest of this story, patrons are encouraged to attend UHD’s screening of “Saving Banksy.” The film—which details the efforts to preserve this work—will be screened 5 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Milam Room (third floor, Girard Street Building). 

Greif, the film’s producer, will host a discussion following the film with artist Blek Le Rat (aka Xavier Prou).

The event is presented by UHD’s Department of Arts & Communication in collaboration with LCD Gallery and Up Art Studio. It precedes Prou’s exhibition “ALL CAPS,” which is on view at LCD Gallery (114 Main Street).

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.