The “Art in the Streets” exhibition at the MOCA, which opens on April 17th, is the first major “U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.” And with a hint of irony, there has a been a reported increase in the local graffiti and vandalism in the museum’s neighborhood.
This news fits well with my recent graffiti artists post. The current MOCA exhibit will chronicle graffiti art from the 1970s to today. However, why are these active, local graffiti artists emerging now?
The “Art in the Streets” curator expected to see this emergence; “some of the young taggers who are anarchic. … It’s a language of youth culture, and we can’t stop it. It goes with the territory,” according to the LA Times blog.
Is it okay to vandalize property in the name of art because there is a local exhibition about the topic? Or, is it okay to exhibit an art form that is meant for the streets? Either way, there may be a clash. But it’s interesting to think about.
Check out the exhibition if you’re interested: