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"Art in the Streets"

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The exhibit “Art in the Streets” originated at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, where even the restrooms were fair game for artists. (Carolina Miranda)

Earlier this week, The Brooklyn Museum announced that it had canceled its "Art in the Streets" show due to lack of funds. The exhibition, which originated at The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, is the first U.S museum show to chronicle the history of graffiti and street art. Arts critic and WNYC regular Carolina Miranda joins us to explain the news.

Guests:

Carolina A. Miranda

Comments [11]

JD from Manhattan

I don't understand how people can say grafitti is not art, even if some of it can be equated with/rooted in vandalism. In a nutshell, urban blight looks better in bright colors... They should put up the show at PS 1. The neighborhood is already a tremendous showcase of it, and plenty of the stuff that gets shown at PS 1 may not be considered art by all.

Jun. 23 2011 02:58 PM
Harry from Brooklyn

I am appalled by the way John and his guest was discussing the goodness of graffiti.. I live in a black community in Brooklyn and we have to deal with it. I would love to see the reaction if graffiti. starts to pop up in Parkslope, upperwestside and other white communities. Then you all could see the negative effects of that dirt "graffiti". Shame on you John....

Jun. 23 2011 02:46 PM
Brooks from Prospect Heights

I would definitely see the "Arts in the Streets" exhibit in Brooklyn. There is no question to me that graffiti is art. Street artists typically don't have the means or the disposition to pursue a traditional art education, so the public domain becomes their studio.

Jun. 23 2011 02:45 PM
Eric from NY

Hell YES !! I would go see the exhibit if it ever gets off the ground. Have it come back after funds have been acquired.

There is very little of this out there for some to give it credit. It is art and just because it's not canvas does not make it less artistic.

~Eric

Jun. 23 2011 02:44 PM
Annabel from Brooklyn, NY

Saw this show in LA, and although I'm not really a fan of street art, it was an incredibly well put together exhibit exploring the historical context of graffiti that goes beyond the current trends of Banksy and Mr. Brainwash. It would have been interesting to see Henry Chalfant's hundreds of photographs of graffiti'd subway cars in the city where they originated. A sight we will probably never see again except in photographs.

Jun. 23 2011 02:44 PM
Ginger from New York

I don't really understand how this exhibition is so controversial. There have been many, many "street art" exhibitions in the past 5-10 years... Have you see auction results for Banksy? It's no longer subversive. I have to agree with the Jeffery Deitch/ Aaron Rose issue - so self serving, but that's the business!

Jun. 23 2011 02:42 PM
dan k from Chelsea

can you imagine the new york art scene had the Armory Show never happened? Duschamp was seen in the same light at the time as graffiti artists are today. Fauvists, like Matisse, were seen as "wild beasts," Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass" was seen as pornography. These are the essential exhibits of art and cultural history. everything else is just eye candy to bring revenues to museums that have become mere corporations

Jun. 23 2011 02:40 PM
Eric from NY

Hell YES !! I would go see the exhibit if it ever gets off the ground. Have it come back after funds have been acquired.

There is very little of this out there for some to give it credit. It is art and just because it's not canvas does not make it less artistic.

~Eric

Jun. 23 2011 02:39 PM
BC from Someset, NJ

No, I do not like graffiti. Unfortunately it has a bad connotation and is makes a lot of people upset when they have to spend money on fixing their walls and other items because of someone who can't respect private spaces (this include bridges and other such locations).

Jun. 23 2011 02:38 PM
Robert Plautz from New York, N.Y.

Your guest just said something to the effect about the "greatest" example of graffiti. Wouldn't Mt. Rushmore fall into the genre of graffiti?

Jun. 23 2011 02:37 PM
Robots Need to Party from NYC

How often does any museum cancel exhibitions due to lack of funds? If this happens commonly I don't see much of an issue here. I would like to see this show and I hope that it does come here eventually but if I have to go to LA to see it that might be how it will have to happen. However if this show contains even one piece by Mr. Brainwash I'm completely not
interested.

Jun. 23 2011 02:36 PM

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