Talking Street Art Stories at the Brooklyn Museum

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I’m super excited to have been invited to participate in a panel discussion about street art at the Brooklyn Museum next week. Here’s the official press release with all the pertinent details:

On Thursday, April 24 at 7:00pm the Brooklyn Museum presents
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art. Brooklyn Street Art founders Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo lead a dynamic, multimedia conversation that explores the evolution of street art stories as told by the earliest graffiti writers to today’s D.I.Y. artists. They’ll reveal secret backgrounds, show what stylistic themes are recurring today, and hint at the future of street art in New York. They are joined in conversation by artists Swoon and Luna Park, and curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with a DJ, cash bar, and a guest-inclusive art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, on view from April 11 to August 24 in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th Floor.

Tickets are $12, include Museum general admission and can be purchased at www.museumtix.com. Free for Museum Members: to reserve please email membership@brooklynmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS

Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo are the Founders of the influential art blog BrooklynStreetArt.com. Proud New Yorkers, artists, and cultural workers for more than twenty-five years, both are experts on the evolving street art scene in New York as well as globally. With daily postings on Brooklyn Street Art (BSA), over 175 articles on The Huffington Post, and tens of thousands of followers on social media, the two have shown and discussed street art, graffiti, murals, and public art in more than 100 cities over the last few years.

Swoon, born Caledonia Dance Curry, currently has an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Swoon: Submerged Motherlands. Swoon studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn before bringing her art to the streets in 1999, wheat pasting her large linoleum and woodcuts on the sides of industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Her art is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Tate Modern, among others.

Katherine Lorimer (aka Luna Park) is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian, and co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading street art books and magazines.

Keith Schweitzer is the Co-Founder/Director of MaNY Project (Murals Around New York) and the Co-Founder/Director of The Lodge Gallery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He is also Director of Public Art for Fourth Arts Block, the non-profit leadership organization for Manhattan’s officially designated Cultural District in the East Village.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Admission:
Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and seniors $8. Free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.

Directions:
Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.

Museum Hours:
Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

HOTTEA Pays Tribute to Dondi

Hottea Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)

After his yarn installation on the Williamsburg Bridge this summer met with so much interest, I lept at the opportunity to help Minneapolis-based street artist HOTTEA realize his next New York City project. On an unusually warm and sunny November day, I met up with HOTTEA and a small crew of fellow assistants, Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art, Disco Bryso and Patrick Sullivan.

Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)
Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA came prepared with two heavy panels: each bore a meticulously stenciled recreation of one of Dondi’s iconic 1980 Children of the Grave wholecar pieces applied onto a series of yarn rectangles fastened onto a metal framework. It was our job to position these panels in such a way so as to create the illusion of Dondi’s work passing by on the modern subway.

Of his inspiration, HOTTEA wrote, “As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80’s NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi’s work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively.”

This was no easy task, as each passing train gave us merely seconds to line up the panels, all the while gauging the proper distance of camera to panel to train to achieve the desired proportions. Multiple attempts had to be made at several Brooklyn locations.

HOTTEA lines up his panel at the 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)
HOTTEA lines up his panel at our 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)

After much trial and error – coupled with some rare patience for the MTA’s labyrinthine weekend scheduling – success! With a little suspension of disbelief, the magic of Dondi on rolling stock is in the air…

The memory of Dondi lives on... (photo by Luna Park)
The memory of Dondi lives on… (photo by Luna Park)

Jaime Rojo & Steven P. Harrington Book Signing Event TONIGHT!

Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will be hosting a book signing event for Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington, authors of Street Art New York, tonight at 7:00 pm. Ever the perfect hosts, our gentlemen friends will be serving up beer and wine for their friends and supporters to cool off and wind down with. We hope to see you there!

Street Art New York: BSA Goes Beyond Brooklyn

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The Street Spot is happy and excited to announce the upcoming April release of the book Street Art New York, from our hard working friends Steven Harrington and Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art.

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Street Art New York gets off to a soaring start, with an eloquent foreword from the always witty and on-point cultural journalist & blogger Carolina Miranda. Jaime, a photographer whose honest love of art and beauty shows through in every picture that he takes, expands his mad dash for street art beyond the borough of Brooklyn (as featured in his first collaborative publication with Harrington) to the greater NY area. The result is a vibrant virtual who’s who of street art, featuring approximately 200 images of internationally renowned artists including C215, Os Gemeos, Judith Supine, Skewville, Herakut, Banksy, Nick Walker, and Armsrock. With Street Art New York, our authors prove once again why they have earned a reputation as passionate and discerning curators of the urban arts in galleries, on the streets, and in print. This book is a must have for anyone with a serious interest in what is happening in street art today.