Saturday, April 8, 2017

Who's Who Of Urban Art

In NY state and feeling Artsy? From April 8 to July 15, the ground floor of ArtsWestchester’s gallery in White Plains will highlight legendary artists who rose to prominence in the 1980’s, a pivotal moment in graffiti’s burgeoning culture. 
Chronicling the meteoric rise of the urban artist from vandal and outlaw to cultural trendsetter, ArtsWestchester’s exhibition From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Artwill feature murals, paintings, photography, sculpture and installations from artists at the cutting edge of their discipline.

This was an 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. Included in these programs are screenings of the documentaries “Saving Banksy,” and “The Mural Kings.” The later follows exhibiting artists TATS CRU (BIO, BG183, and NICER) as they produce a mural for the Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem. A discussion with the artists will follow. Also planned are: a panel talk with museum and art-world professionals, a Women of Hip-Hop performance, and an evening with the legendary rapper and songwriter Grandmaster Caz, accompanied by Grand Wizzard Theodore, the DJ credited as the inventor of scratching.

From the Streets will open at ArtsWestchester on Saturday April 8 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and the exhibit will run through Saturday July 15. 

ArtsWestchester is located at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains N.Y. The exhibition will be on view through July 15.  Admission is free to the public. Docent tours of the exhibit are available to the public and for private groups with a suggested per person donation. 

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