, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 223–241 | Cite as

Public art, affect, and radical negativity: the wall of daydreaming and man’s inhumanity to man

  • Caitlin Frances BruceEmail author
Original Article


“The Wall of Daydreaming and Man’s Inhumanity to Man” is a mural that was painted in 1975 at 47th Street and Calumet Avenue in Chicago by William Walker, Mitchell Caton, and Santi Isrowuthakul. It depicts violence, including images of the Ku Klux Klan, Nazis, and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The mural was restored by Damon Lamar Reed in 2003. By analyzing discourse around the production and restoration of the mural in 1975 and 2003, this article argues that the mural functions as an example of negative-content muralism that demonstrates how negative affects, materialized and emplaced by public art, create a nodal point for questioning racial violence and neoliberal urban development that activates rhetorical agency and shapes subjectivity.


Affect Negativity Public art Urban space Rhetorical agency Passionate forms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of CommunicationUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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