From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art

Curated by Marc Leader and Melissa McCaig-Welles

On View:     Tuesday, April 11 – Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gallery Hours:     Tuesday – Friday, 12-5pm, Sat 12-6pm

Location:     ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY

From The Streets, curated by Marc Leader of 212 Arts and Melissa McCaig-Welles of Curator 19.90, chronicles the meteoric rise of the urban artist from vandal and outlaw to cultural trendsetter. The exhibition features murals, paintings, photography, sculpture and installations from artists at the cutting edge of their discipline.

The ground floor of ArtsWestchester’s gallery will highlight legendary artists who rose to prominence in the 1980’s, a pivotal moment in graffiti’s burgeoning culture. It was this era where a spirit of competition fostered innovation and birthed a unique mode of artistic expression. “From the Streets” tracks these artists’ continued influence on urban visual culture and examines the shift from the streets to the gallery and museum. Artists exhibited on the gallery’s second floor are internationally recognized for creating provocative work informed by the attitude and style of street art’s pioneers.

From The Streets exemplifies the scope and evolution of a subculture that has become a global movement. To accompany the exhibition, ArtsWestchester will present a series of film screenings and music happenings that position the artwork within a broader cultural context.

This exhibition is made possible in part with support from:

 

Participating artists: 

AL DIAZ DAN WITZ QUEEN ANDREA
ALAN KET EL MAC QUIK
ANDREW SCHOULTZ GREG LAMARCHE (SPone) SAGE
ANN LEWIS (GILF) GUMSHOE SKEME
BG183 ICY & SOT TKID 170
BILLBOARDS HACKER JANETTE BECKMAN WANE
BIO JILLY BALLISTIC, ZIMAD
BLADE PART ZIMER
CARLOS MARE (MARE 139) LADY PINK,
John CRASH Matos LI HILL
JAMES MARSHALL (DALEK) LOGAN HICKS
DAMON JOHNSON MARTHA COOPER
DASIC FERNANDEZ MICHAEL HALSBAND
CHRIS DAZE ELLIS NICER

UPCOMING FROM THE STREETS EVENTS:

Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence
Thursday, April 27, 7pm | Suggested Donation | ArtsWestchester’s Gallery

Narrated by John waters and directed by Roger Gastman, ‘Wall-Writers’ is a feature-length documentary on graffiti in its innocence, focusing on the legendary writers of 1967 – 1972. Graffiti and street art today are largely considered the rock n’ roll of visual art. This documentary is an exclusive account from the artists, journalists, and politicians who lived the beginnings of the largest art movement of the Twentieth Century.

From the Streets to Bloomingdale’s:
A Shopping Day to Benefit ArtsWestchester’s Arts-in- Education Programs

Saturday, April 29, Noon-5pm | At Bloomindale’s White Plains

Join us at Bloomingdale’s White Plains for a day of urban fashion and music. ArtsWestchester will host a pop-up shop of hand-embellished t-shirts inspired by the exhibition and a set of hip-hop dance performances. A portion of sales made that day will go to benefit ArtsWestchester’s Arts-in-Education programs which provide students in under-served communities with arts experiences.

*Meet the Mural Kings: “The Mural Kings” documentary screening,
followed by a Q&A with T ATS CRU (BIO, NICER, BG183) and Director, Mark Kotlinki
Saturday, April 29, 7pm | $10 | ArtsWestchester’s Gallery

Go behind the scenes with legendary muralists and graffiti artists, TATS CRU. A viewing of the acclaimed feature documentary “TATS CRU: THE MURAL KINGS”, exhibiting TATS CRU artists (BIO, BG183, and NICER) will join Director Mark Kotlinki for a Q&A.

Vandalism vs. Capitalism – Which is the Dirtier Word?
Monday, June 12
, 6:30pm | FREE | ArtsWestchester’s Gallery

What is the place of street art in the global market place? “Vandalism vs. Capitalism” will be a lively discussion among artists, gallerists, and museum professionals, moderated by Angelo Madrigale, VP/Director of Contemporary Art for Doyle Auction House. Lori Zimmer, writer and curator, will be on hand to sign copies of her newest book The Art of the Spray Paint: Inspirations and Techniques from the Masters of Aerosol.

*Stories & Sounds From Back in the Day
Friday, June 16
, 7pm | $10  | ArtsWestchester’s Gallery

Join us for a night of performance and storytelling with songwriter, MC, and DJ, Curtis “Grandmaster Caz” Brown — an icon of early hip hop as a member of the Cold Crush Brothers. Caz will be accompanied by Grand Wizzard Theodore, the DJ credited with the “scratching” technique.

* The Sisterhood of Hip-Hop
Saturday, June 17, 4pm | $10 | ArtsWestchester’s Gallery

Throughout the history of hip-hop, female performers and artists have pushed the boundaries and stereotypes of the art form to prove it isn’t just a man’s world. The Women of Hip-Hop will feature a lesson in party dances from “back in the day,” a panel discussion with graffiti artists and b-girls, followed by a DJ and dance performance.

“Saving Banksy”
Friday, July 14, 7pm | $10 | ArtsWestchester’s Gallery

“Saving Banksy” is the story of one misguided art collector’s attempts to save a Banksy painting from destruction and the auction block. Featuring some of the world’s top street artists, this film poses the question “What would you do if you owned a million dollar painting that the artist doesn’t want sold?”

* This event is part of ArtsWestchester’s Folk Arts program, and is made possible in part by the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

For further information on any of our special From the Streets events, please call 914.428.4220.

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Crash

Artist Crash at work on a public mural