Art in the Streets

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Art in the Streets was an exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles from April 17 to August 8, 2011. Curated by its then-director Jeffrey Deitch and associate curators Aaron Rose and Roger Gastman, it surveyed the development of graffiti and global street art from the 1970s to the present, covering the cities of New York City, the West Coast, London, and Sao Paulo with a focus on Los Angeles.[1] It was supposed to travel to the Brooklyn Museum from March 30 to July 8, 2012. The exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum was cancelled because of financial difficulties.[2]

By some estimates, it was the most attended exhibition in the MOCA LA's history.[3]

Artists in the exhibition included: Barry McGee, Lee Quinones, Os Gêmeos, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, TAKI 183, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chaz Bojórquez, ROA, JR, RISK, Rammellzee, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Angel Ortiz, Gusmano Cesaretti and others.[4][5][6]

In early December 2010 Italian street artist Blu was painted a mural on the side of the museum's Geffen Contemporary Wing to coincide with the exhibition.[7] Because the work's antiwar theme might be deemed offensive, the museum had it painted over within a day, and anonymous fellow artists avenged themselves by putting up posters of Deitch as an ayatollah holding a paint roller.[8]


  1. ^ "Past Exhibitions: Art in the Streets".
  2. ^ "Announcing Art in the Streets". The Curve (MOCA LA). March 9, 2011. Archived from the original on June 22, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  3. ^ Colacello, Bob (March 2013). "How Do You Solve a Problem Like MOCA?". Vanity Fair.
  4. ^ ""Art in The Streets" at MOCA LA". artnet Magazine. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  5. ^ Kennedy, Randy (2012-02-23). "Rammellzee's Work and Reputation Re-emerge". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-29. A bunkerlike, black-lighted re-creation of the Battle Station was one of the most talked-about pieces in "Art in the Streets," a sprawling graffiti survey last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, organized by the museum's director, Jeffrey Deitch, who as a New York dealer had courted Rammellzee for years.
  6. ^ Miranda, Carolina A. (2011-06-01). "Art in the Streets". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-04-29.
  7. ^ "Censorship! MOCA Has a BLU Tiger by the Tail". HuffPost. 15 December 2010.
  8. ^ Somerstein, Rachel (April 26, 2011). ""Burnt Umbrage: Studies in Anger"". Wired.

External links[edit]

Official website for "Art in the Streets". Including Jeffery Deitch and Artist Interviews.