Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Art in the Streets Graffiti Exhibit

The Blot is way behind on blogging due to my move last month, but I wanted to share with you some photos from my recent trip to the west coast. Aly and I traveled to Los Angeles over the 4th of July holiday weekend, and in between sightseeing and visiting family we took a little detour to the Museum of Contemporary Art to and its "Art in the Streets" exhibit, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. And let me just tell you, it was amazing!!! You can check out some of my photos in the slideshow above, or click here to see some official photos on the MOCA website.

The exhibition traces the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved. "The Art in the Streets" exhibit showcased installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Lee Quiñones (New York), Futura (New York), Margaret Kilgallen (San Francisco), Swoon (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gemeos (São Paulo), and JR (Paris).

I am so glad we were able to visit the MOCA while we were in Cali and see this incredible art show. Being able to see artwork and photographs from the 70s and 80s documenting the early years of the graffiti art scene in person was seriously mind blowing. Growing up in the deep south, I couldn’t get over the sketchbooks of graffiti legends I had previously only read about in magazines and the internet. While the exhibit closed yesterday, it now heads out east to the Brooklyn Museum, where it will be on view March 30–July 8, 2012. Catch it if you can!
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