INSPIRATION: Art in the Streets

Art in the Streets, try running the summer of 2011, pills  was the first major U.S. exhibit of graffiti and street art, pilule  tracing the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the modern global movement iterated through a unique visual language and attitude.

Featuring paintings, mixed media sculptures, and interactive installations with special sections dedicated to seminal L.A. specific movements such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. Artists such as 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) were showcased in MOCA’s exhibition as well as projects by influential L.A. artists such as Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, and RISK and we can’t forget the photographers and filmmakers who documented graffiti and street art culture including Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, James Prigoff, Steve Grody, Gusmano Cesaretti, Estevan Oriol, Ed Templeton, Larry Clark, Terry Richardson, and Spike Jonze.


There was also a special section dedicated to the Fun Gallery, which connected New York graffiti artists with the downtown art community in the early 1980s featuring the work of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The seminal film Wild Style (1983) documents the global dissemination of graffiti and hip-hop culture. The exhibition also features a memorial presentation of Battle Station a rarely seen work by legendary artist and theorist RAMMELLZEE, and a display of black books and other historic works from the Martin Wong Collection presented in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition opened with a skate ramp designed by pro-skater Lance Mountain and artist Geoff McFetridge and demonstrations by the Nike SB skate team.


“Art in the Streets will be the first exhibition to position the work of the most influential artists to emerge from street culture in the context of contemporary art history,” said MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch.


“This quintessentially urban and dynamic partnership between the Brooklyn Museum and MOCA began with the 2005 Brooklyn-organized exhibition of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the consummate American street artist of his generation; continued with the MOCA-organized ©MURAKAMI in 2007, defining critical elements of worldwide street art; and now culminates with a groundbreaking exhibition devoted entirely to street art and graffiti,” said Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman. “The partnership has, in itself, provided a major record of public art over the past half century.”


Though this exhibit ran from April-August 2011, you can still pick up this AWESOME book at Barnes & Noble. If nothing else, its a super dope coffee table piece to impress your friends with your amazing street cred. I seriously recommend it.


Read more about the original MOCA exhibit here!