The other big show opening up in Cali this weekend is "Art In The Streets", a huge group show of graffiti and street art at MoCa curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Roger Gastman.
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. Following MOCA’s presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum, where it will be on view March 30–July 8.
50 artists, including Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos, and JR, and will reunite Steve Powers, Todd James, and Barry McGee for a new iteration of their legendary Street Market show. There will also be a custom skate ramp in the museum designed by pro-skater Lance Mountain and artist Geoff McFetridge, with live demonstrations by the Nike SB skate team.
Lovers of graffiti and street art have been waiting eagerly for this exhibition because they wanted to see what Deitch would do with graffiti and street art after his censorship street artist BLUE. Earlier in the year the MoCa director caused an uproar after he decommissioned a mural by street artist BLUE because, according to Deitch, it contained imagery that was offensive to veterans. The mural was a vista of coffins painted on a wall across the street from a Veterans home. When asked about the mural, the veterans said they were not offended and had no issue with the mural's content.
Not a cool move by Deitch who has since lost credibility with street artists at large.
Above: Wild Style mural by Zephyr, Revolt, Sharp, 1983; front: Doze, Frosty Freeze, Ken Swift; second row: Patti Astor, Fred Brathwaite, Lady Pink; back: Lil Crazy Legs, Revolt and Sharp, directed by Charlie Ahearn, photo by Martha Cooper.
After the break, some images from the show which opens tomorrow.