Los Angeles has been losing it’s cool over the newest MOCA exhibit, Art In The Streets – a collection of photos, video, graffiti and installations inspired by or found in the streets. From all around the world and especially in LA, artist were asked to contribute their unique talents to this exhibit located in Little Tokyo and running until the end of the summer.
The exhibit is the first of it’s kind, one that is hosted in a highly accredited museum that maps the history and trends of street art. Obviously this style of art is a major influence on fashion, music and our culture so it is no wonder it has been so well received. To dig even deeper into the world of street art, Levis sponsored a behind the scenes documentary on the creation of the exhibit and the artist that are showcased in it.
The documentary, “Outside In”, premiered last week at the Eqyptian Theater to a crowd of who’s who in the LA art and fashion scene. The documentary paints and great story on the balance of struggled with being a credible street artist and a credible paid artist. In the documentary, director by Alex Stapleton (Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel) documents the artist’s creative process, their pitfalls with the law, the poetic impermanence of their craft and the artists’ evolution from the back seat of a cop car to the walls of a well-respected institution.
Artists from the Art In The Streets exhibit are featured in the film including Martha Cooper, Lee Quiñones, Fab 5 Freddy, Shepard Fairey, Mode2, EINE, Risk, Revok, Mr. Cartoon, ESPO, Henry Chalfant, Gusmano Cesaretti, Chaz Bojorquez, C.R. Stecyk III, Futura, Retna, Ed Templeton, Swoon, Neckface, Geoff McFetridge, Aaron Rose, Jeffrey Deitch. Before the documentary, we watched three shorts created by three of the street artists featured in the documentary including “Born Under A Bad Sign” by Neck Face + Isaiah Seret.
After the film attendees were able to mingle with the artists in the court yard of the theater and were privileged enough to hear a DJ set from Shephard “Obey” Fairey himself! Much like you would expect it was a healthy dose of punk rock and old school hip hop all night. LA is a place that values and takes pride in it’s street art history and scene, this is clear driving around seeing all the commissioned murals but it was even more clear at the screening. Young and old, balling and broke, all came out to celebrate their friends and artists that help shape such an important part of Los Angeles culture. I’m proud to say I was there!
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