A true West coast meets East Coast of art, street culture & celebrity. MOCA Los Angeles under the guidance of Jeffrey Deitch had one of the city’s largest openings tonight ‘Art in the Streets’. A timeline of street art, graffiti and installations from the 70s to current. Seminal pieces from Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring all the way to Neckface & André (of Le Baron and Paul & Andre nightclubs).
Seen there were Jake Gyllenahaal, Adrian Grenier, Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale,Eli & Edythe Broad, Will Kopelman & Drew Barrymore, Mandy & Cliff Einstein, exhibit curators Roger Gastman & Aaron Rose,Lance Armstrong, Cheech Marin, MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, Erika Christensen, Balthazar & Rosetta Getty, Christina Ricci, Seth Rogen, restaurateur Peter Morton, producer Brian Grazer, director McG, David Geffen, designer Darren Romanelli, Liz Goldwyn, Maggie Kayne, Tony Kanal (plus the members of No Doubt), artist Keith Hufnagel, artist Honor Fraser, artist Kenny Scharf, designer Jeremy Scott, artist Shepard Fairey, David Morehouse, photographer Patrick Hoelck, publicist Angelique Groh, and Mark Hunter aka the Cobrasnake. The exhibition opens Sunday, April 17th and runs through August 8th.
Exert from the MOCA website:
MOCA’s exhibition will emphasize Los Angeles’s role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. The exhibition will feature projects by influential local artists such as Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz Bojórquez, Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, REVOK, andRISK.
A special emphasis will be placed on photographers and filmmakers who documented graffiti and street art culture including Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, James Prigoff, Steve Grody, Gusmano Cesaretti, Estevan Oriol, Ed Templeton, Larry Clark, Terry Richardson, and Spike Jonze. A comprehensive timeline illustrated with artwork, photography, video, and ephemera will provide further historical context for the exhibition.
The exhibition will open with a skate ramp designed by pro-skater Lance Mountain and artist Geoff McFetridge. Skate demonstrations by the Nike SB skate team will be held onsite for the duration of the exhibition.
As part of its exhibition sponsorship and ongoing community collaboration initiative, Levi’s® will host the Levi’s® Film Workshop at MOCA, offering a diverse schedule of programming that celebrates the craft of filmmaking and explores the exhibition’s subject matter. Access to the Levi’s® Film Workshop’s resources is open to all and free of charge.