If you are in LA make sure to go check out Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art. Curated by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and Associate Curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, the exhibition traces the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Sao Paulo, where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved.
The exhibition features paintings, mixed media sculptures, and interactive installations by 50 of the biggest graffiti and street artists and emphasises LA’s role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, as well as dedicated areas to seminal local movements such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture.
However, If like me you’re not going to be able to make it to LA you can always check out OUTSIDE IN: The Story of Art in the Streets. The film that offers a glimpse into the making of the current MOCA exhibit and features renowned artists Shepard Fairey, Lee Quiñones, Swoon, Futura, Mister Cartoon, Revok, Martha Cooper, Invader to name a few. Directed by Alex Stapleton, it documents the artist’s creative process, their pitfalls with the law, the poetic impermanence of their craft and the artists’ evolution from the back seat of a cop car to the walls of a well-respected institution.