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2011- The Year Street Art Broke. Part Two of Two.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Mural on the side of the Geffen Center. All controversial topics have been scrubbed. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Part 2.  Survey of Work.

For Part One of Two Click HERE

Below the fold is a small survey of the work at the MOCA LA’s Art in the Streets at the Geffen Center selected by the East City Art Editorial Team.  While by no means exhaustive, the following images should give the reader a fairly general overview of the exhibition.   The Art in the Streets exhibition runs through August 8, 2011 however, it is rumored that the Brooklyn Museum will host a similar show sometime this fall.  We seriously hope that the Brooklyn Museum will not attempt to recreate a filthy alley scene to give gallery goers “a glimpse” of 1970s New York.  However, if the curators can’t resist the urge, we strongly suggest they not “enhance” the alley scene by hiring an actor to play a homeless man haranguing the crowd as was done in Los Angeles.  We felt as though it was in especially poor taste considering the Geffen Center is within walking distance to skid row where thousands of homeless Angelinos struggle for survival every day.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

A site that should be familiar to East City Art readers and fans of Studio H. Tim Conlon's graffitied model trains illustrate the use of freight cars by street artists. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Vintage Fab Five Freddy. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Vintage Keith Haring. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Mural by Greek street artist Stelios. Note the content- a flag holding veteran with no legs saluting Stealth Bombers and oil wells; the destruction of native peoples, references to slavery and an image of Obama with the note "No Hope" written underneath. Is this mural anymore offensive than blu's dollar bill drapped coffins? (See Part One of Two for a discussion of MOCA decision to pull blu's mural). Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Larger than life mural painted by Mode 2. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

A paper cut-out piece by Brooklyn based artist swoon, one of the few women represented at "Art in the Streets". Note the shadows and refelection on the tent above the 14 foot piece. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Rapture... Hearkening back to another era when street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat DJed in Blondie's music videos. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Roa from Belgium's finished piece. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Prêt à pendre? (Ready to hang?) Shepard Fairey's pieces have already made the transition from the brick wall to the canvas to the gallery to your living room. Photo Copyright East City Art.

Art in the Streets MOCA Los Angeles Graffiti on East City Art

Phil Hutinet
Authored by: Phil Hutinet

Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art which he began in 2010 to document and promote the growing contemporary art movement in the eastern communities of Washington, DC. In 2012-2013, his consultancy work east of the river yielded the Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studios, the Anacostia Arts Center and the 2012-2013 LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals. He currently produces EMULSION, East City Art's annual regional juried show. In 2015, he coordinated the Gateway Open Studio Tour and continues to consult on numerous regional art projects. Hutinet has been interviewed by or has made appearances on the BBC, Capital Community News, Washingtonian, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, WOL Radio, WJLA ABC News Channel 7/Channel 8, WTOP and other local and national media.