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Thursday, April 21, 2011


It’s Graffiti time at the los Angeles Museum

MOCA, Arts in the streets, Lance Mountain, Craig R. Stecyk III, Ed Templeton, Spike Jonze, Eric Koston, Brian Anderson, Gino Iannucci, Theotis Beasley, Corey Kennedy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen , Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Dogtown skateboard culture, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, RISK
Banks designed Lance Mountain
and Geoff McFetridge
There was a time when graffiti was great and hip-hop artists get along well with skateboarders. That time is not over; it is just less prevalent as before.

To remind us of that brotherhood, the Museum of Contemporary Art presents Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. The exhibition will trace 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.

Art in the Streets will display the works of 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including late Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat plus Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen , Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, JR and special sections dedicated to cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. The exhibition will feature projects by influential local artists such as, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, RISK and Craig R. Stecyk III.

Craig R. Stecyk III, who chronicled the rise of such notable skaters as Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta for Skateboarder magazine in the late 1970s, has an instillation in the exhibit dedicated to the Dogtown skate culture of that era.

MOCA, Arts in the streets, Lance Mountain, Craig R. Stecyk III, Ed Templeton, Spike Jonze, Eric Koston, Brian Anderson, Gino Iannucci, Theotis Beasley, Corey Kennedy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen , Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Dogtown skateboard culture, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, RISK
A special emphasis will be placed on photographers and filmmakers who documented graffiti and street art culture including Henry Chalfant, James Prigoff, Steve Grody, Gusmano Cesaretti, Estevan Oriol, Ed Templeton, Larry Clark, Terry Richardson, and Spike Jonze.

MOCA, Arts in the streets, Lance Mountain, Craig R. Stecyk III, Ed Templeton, Spike Jonze, Eric Koston, Brian Anderson, Gino Iannucci, Theotis Beasley, Corey Kennedy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Lee Quiñones, Futura, Margaret Kilgallen , Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Dogtown skateboard culture, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, RISK
The exhibition will open with a skate ramp designed by Lance Mountain and Geoff McFetridge. Skate demonstrations by the Nike SB skate team will be held onsite for the duration of the exhibition. "Instead of doing an actual ramp, we wanted to take more of a literal interpretation of the show's title and bring street skating into it," said Kevin Imamura the global communications manager for Nike SB.

The result is a ledge and platform setup, painted in a mural style by McFetridge that will be periodically skated during museum hours by members of the Nike SB team. At the media preview of the Art In The Street show on April 14th, Nike riders Eric Koston, Brian Anderson, Gino Iannucci, Theotis Beasley and Corey Kennedy were in attendance and skating the work of art.

"Our goal here was to make artwork truly skate-able within the museum's space," said Lance Mountain. "Sometimes art and skateboarding take on the aspects of a math problem just as much as a creative expression."

For some of us that lived the fusion of hip-hop and skateboarding in the streets of Los Angeles, New York and Paris, this exposition is a must, for the others, it’s time that you learn what the street artists of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have brought to our society as a whole.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Thursday, April 21, 2011 




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