Street artists like Banksy and Space Invader have been playing with city dwellers for years, placing their work strategically for maximum impact. In fact, artists around the globe are constantly integrating their artwork into the landscape in unexpected ways. Working in large and small scale, the techniques and scope of work differ, but one thing they all have in common is their clever use of space.
Banksy’s Stained Window
Today, we witnessed history being made. As the very first major U.S. museum exhibition of graffiti and street art, MOCA presented the media preview of Art in the Streets, an epic visual feast you must experience for yourself! Tracing the development of graffiti and street art from the ’70s to where it is today, MOCA pulled out all the stops – educating us on the rich history, entertaining us with their “shows within a show” (live skateboarding, a re-creation of an urban street, etc) and inspiring us to find the artist within ourselves.
Of course, the highlight of it all is seeing the art we’ve featured over and over again on My Modern Met, up close and personal. Though the MOCA is filled will incredible art and photos around every corner, we couldn’t help but spend a large portion of our time hanging out around original works by our favorites – Banksy and Brazilian duo Os Gemeos.
For almost four months, April 17 to August 8, 2011, Art in the Streets will be open to the public. Spend a good part of your day here to really take in all that this show has to offer. With so much to see, trust us when we say, our pictures do not do this show justice.
Cool Fact: Banksy’s 23-foot high Stained Window piece (first image in this post) is a collaboration with the City of Angels public school in Los Angeles. Students were encouraged to write tags on panels erected in their schoolyard before Banksy adapted them.
Fab 5 Freddy saying a few words before the show
Shepard Fairey and Alexa Meade (Alexa was our guest at the show)
Huge ROA mural at entrance
Photo credit: Alice Yoo (My Modern Met)