Saturday, May 14, 2011

MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’ displays works of graffiti

Graffiti art has moved from the streets and onto an exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.

Art in the Streets opened on April 17 at the Geffen Contemporary, and includes artworks by 50 world-known artists from the graffiti and street art community (like Fab 5 Freddy from New York, Margaret Kilgallen from San Francisco, Shepard Fairey from Los Angeles, Os Gemeos from São Paulo and JR from Paris), performances by hip hop dancers and skate demonstrations from Nike SB crews.

Some of the oddities at the exhibition include several vehicles covered in colorful graffiti that sit in the middle of rooms. Large walls, that used to be blank, have become murals of varying letter designs through a technique called “mobbing.” Color photographs of subways, trains and bridges that have been camouflaged with art and artists are hung on the snow-white walls of the gallery. Paintings with graphic design elements are introduced into street art.

Special sections are devoted to displaying cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture.

On May 14, the Geffen Contemporary will host its ninth annual Teen Night event, which opens the space exclusively for high school students. Participating students will be displaying their artwork at the special event as well.

Art in the Streets runs until August 8.

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