Published on Oct 12, 2012
Arguably the most influential art movement since Pop, graffiti as we know it today was invented by teenagers. The convergence of street art and graffiti styles that emerged from housing projects, subway yards, and bleak suburban parking lots has become a global phenomenon. It continues to thrive and evolve forty years after it began. Yet even as graffiti is purchased by private collectors and hangs on the walls of museums it remains divisive. Depending on who's talking, graffiti is sneaky and dishonest, a crime, an alternative to painting, a whole miserable subculture, or a distinct way to convey an idea.
Art in the Streets on MOCAtv features original work by JR, Barry McGee, Os Gemeos, RETNA, RISK, ROA, SWOON and more. The series also includes classic films from MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibition (2011) that captured important moments in the history of street art and graffiti by directors and artists like Henry Chalfant and Craig R. Stecyk III.
Created by KesselsKramer (Kklosangeles.com)
Featuring the song "Graffiti Night Fever" performed by Ivor Biggun
License courtesy of Stiff Weapon http://www.stiffweapon.com/
MOCAtv - ART IS FOR YOU
Worked with MOCAtv to help launch the world’s first art-centric Youtube channel. From strategic positioning to web films to social media platforms encouraging users to upload their own art, we’ve helped create a democratic space for MOCA’s artful programming to be viewed and shared by everyone.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and its online channel MOCAtv announce a call to action to graffiti and street artists and supporters around the world to upload videos showing the freshest art in public spaces.
The suggested length of video is 1-3 minutes, and the artwork/s featured can be commissioned or uncommisioned, either new or executed in the last year. Films may include brief interviews with the artist/s as well as background about the location or local culture, but they should focus mainly on the production and placement in the street.
Upload your video to youtube with #mocatvupload in the title by June 15 so that curators Jeffrey Deitch, Martha Cooper, RJ Rushmore, Carlo McCormick and Ethel Seno can select works to be featured on MOCAtv. Filmmakers whose videos are selected may also be invited to create exclusive content for MOCAtv.
Music: Deat Grips "Cut Throat"
The Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA in 2011 was the best attended show in the museum's history. The call to action initiative aims to connect the existing graffiti and street art communities internationally and to provide a platform for the best work being created.