Autry National Center Presents:
Art of the Streets
Thursday, December 4 from 7-9 pm
Autry National Center of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Once regarded strictly as vandalism, Graffiti-style artwork has pervaded our culture, appearing on everything from album covers and t-shirts to Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Los Angeles. So what makes this genre, once seen as a nuisance, an art form? Join some of L.A.’s most prominent “writers” for a discussion of the technique and attention to detail that separates everyday taggers from true Graffiti artists. Light dinner reception and spinning by D.J. Puffs to follow panel.
Involved with the Graffiti Art movement since 1987, Man One began his artistic journey on the streets of Los Angeles tagging and leaving his trademark of bold, colorful aerosol strokes as he searched for his artistic purpose.
From Mount Washington, California, Chaz Bojorquez was a street artist from the late 1960’s to 1986, when quit illegal “tagging,” or spray painting graffiti in public places. He is unique in that he is one of the few street artists who have transitioned from street art to gallery representation.
With deep roots in the worlds of graffiti and street art, Gastman has spent over 15 years at the forefront of street culture and the graff movement. He founded two of the most respected pop-culture magazine of the last decade that include SWINDLE and has produced more than a dozen books.
Moderated by Elizabeth Morin:
Morin is a frequent speaker on issues of identity, diversity in museum practice, and youth culture. She is currently working on her next exhibition “Los Angeles Canvas: Graffiti Art and Culture.” She is the director of Youth Arts and Education, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles.