Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where the Art Is

I'm dying to see the Art in the Streets exhibit currently showing at MOCA's The Geffen Contemporary through August 8th. Curated by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and Associate Curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, it's the first major exhibition of graffiti and street art to be displayed in a U.S. museum. This is huge, you guys. This show means that graffiti and street artists--who create public work for free, making it available to the masses--are getting some long awaited credit and recognition from the arty powers that be.

On view will be work from major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Sao Paulo. The show traces the development of the street art movement from the 1970s to today, when it stands as a global force to be reckoned with.

*Admission is free on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. and on Mondays courtesy of British artist Banksy, who doesn't think you should have to pay to look at graffiti. But maybe we should since we are bringing tiny monster, who is sure to lick some paint and scale a shelf or two. Wish us luck!

Banksy, image via Fubiz

Wild Style mural by Zephyr, Revolt, Sharp. Photo by Martha Cooper. 1983.

Banksy, I Hate Mondays

Retna, image via

Barry McGee, Houston Street and the Bowery, New York, 2010, photo by Farzad Owrang

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