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Street Art Stories – Brooklyn Museum


On Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. the Brooklyn Museum presents
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art. Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York. They are joined in conversation by artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer.

A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.

Tickets are $12; include Museum general admission and can be purchased at www.museumtix.com. Free for Museum Members; to reserve please email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.


Swoon – Submerged Motherlands – Brooklyn Museum

Swoon’s latest installation opens to the public on April 11th. We headed over for a sneak preview of the biggest street art installation of the year. After months of sweat, headaches, doubtless countless tears, sheer exasperation and hours and days of preparation from Swoon and the team, this is what unfolded. I’m not sure Brooklyn Museum were quite ready for it…


More jump off after the jump off…
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'Art in the Streets' Cancelled at the Brooklyn Musem

The word is out, and the officials at the Brooklyn Museum have cancelled the AITS exhibition that was due to open its doors early next year. Why? Brooklyn Museum director Aronld Lehman stated the “current financial climate” as the reasoning behind the abandonment of the traveling exhibition.

I find this hard to believe. The Brooklyn Museum should see AITS as an  investment just by looking at the LA MOCA’s opening weekend ticket sales. The controversy lies in the show itself and what apparently, according to Deitch, comes along with it. After the “rise of vandalism” in the surrounding LA MOCA areas, in a poor attempt to defend the show Deitch put his tail between his legs and said “it goes with the territory”. Regardless if that is true or not, Deitch essentially let LA officials wag their pointer finger in his face and blame AITS instead of defending the show, the movement, and or the act behind said “rise of vandalism”.  Basically, his response was negative and could have easily been more positive and pointed in a direction of understanding instead of blame.

Brooklyn Museum has shown Basquiat retrospectives and other graffiti/street art exhibitions of sorts in the past. Is it possible their money buckets pulled out last minute due to the controversy of the show in LA? NYC’s strict graffiti laws and clean up services may also have something to do with it. The funding could have been pulled by the same people who for the last decade have been trying to keep the city clean.

Pointing fingers doesn’t take away the disservice that has sadly occurred to Brooklyn and the surrounding areas by the abortion of AITS. It would have been interesting to see its transformation into the city which held the birth of the movement.  Oh well, I hope the Brooklyn Museum changes their minds and funding gloriously appears so the show can be on view for many others to learn from.