The Art of TATS CRU Opening This Week at BronxArtSpace

Internationally renowned graffiti artists, TATS CRU, will be the subject of a new exhibit at  BronxArtSpace. It’ll kick off with a block party this Saturday, June 3rd and an artist talk and documentary screening on June 22nd.

From BXNYCreative:

The Art of TATS CRU will show a representation of past projects through photographs and videos produced by Miguel Teck Arteaga. There will be works on canvas by NICER, BIO, and BG183, and a new mural collaboration reproduced as a poster to commemorate the exhibition. “We are looking at a unique rise to art world success. It’s inspirational in that it illustrates that every artist doesn’t need to follow the standard, art school, gallery system, connection-based path,” says co-curator Eileen Walsh.

The Block Party will feature homegrown, Bronx entertainment. DJ Pusha will keep the party going, with additional dance performances by BBoy & Emcee Chief69, and Hip-Hop legend Rokafella’s Full Circle Souljah‘s dance troupe.

Live music performances by up and coming Bronx MINDIE artists Statik Vision, and alternative music group, The Nobodies, and a presentation by spoken word artist and rapper, Safiel Vonay.

The exhibition for this event is sponsored by JCAL Development Group. Neighborhood businesses participating in the block party include ID Studio TheatreZaro’s Bakery, La Grata Italian RestaurantFiltered Coffee, and Bronx Native. We are also happy to have the support of Port Morris Distillery and The Bronx BreweryThe Bronx Children Museum will host creative activities for children and families, and will have their museum on the Go Bus parked on the street outside the gallery. The event is free of charge and all are welcome.

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Photo Courtesy of BXNYCreative

What I’m Reading: Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall of Fame

Since graduating from grad school in May, it feels like I gained back a huge part of my social life, which is an unbelievable feeling. During my new found freedom, I have actually been able to read for fun again. Though I won’t meet my Goodreads goal of 50 books read in 2014, I have been slowly chipping away at it.

Under the Bridge

Perfect for your coffee table for all your guests to check out.

I recently had the chance to check out a new book titled Under the Bridge: The East 238th Street Graffiti Hall of Fame .  The book features photography of Paul “Cavs” Cavalieri, which documents decades of graffiti underneath the 238th Street bridge which connects Woodlawn and Wakefield.

Cavalieri’s photographs are so vibrant and give readers insight to a world of art many of us who are not part of the scene have never been exposed to before. It’s also great to see through the perspective of a graffiti artist himself.  Further, not only do they show a vast variety of tags and artwork representative of the diverse artists who frequented the area, but brief anecdotes throughout the book provide background knowledge that really puts the photographs into context.

The one that struck me most was the story of Michael (Mars) Dugan, who at 14, was walking along with his friends atop a wooden fence above the Metro North tracks, when he slipped and tried to save himself by grabbing wires, which ended up electrocuting him. Reading this tragic story and seeing his tag on the very next page struck a chord with me, because I often find myself marveling, particularly at graffiti that’s on high locations or in subways, but sometimes forgetting how dangerous and risky it can be.

If you couldn’t tell, I definitely recommend checking out the book, available wherever it is you buy your books.

Note: This book was given to me by the awesome people at Schiffer Publishing to review and all views expressed are entirely mine.

Tomorrow: Bronx Graffiti Artist Blade at MCNY

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I’m back and well-rested from a much needed vacation! But now, it’s back to work. Check out information below on a cool event that’s happening tomorrow evening at one my favorite museums – the Museum of the City of New York . I saw the City as Canvas exhibit a couple of months ago and LOVED it, so I expect this to be just as awesome!

 

Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.

 

WHAT:  In 1980, after painting 5,000 subway trains, Steve Ogburn, aka BLADE, earned the title “King of Graffiti” and continues to exhibit his work internationally today. Join the artist and graffiti historian Chris Pape at BLADE: King of Graffiti, a presentation, conversation, and book signing about the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s on Friday, August 8 at the Museum of the City of New York. Copies of BLADE and Pape’s new book, Blade: King of Graffiti (Schiffer Publishing, June 2014), will be available for purchase.

 

Presented in conjunction with City As Canvas, the first exhibition of New York graffiti art from the Martin Wong Collection. RSVP required. Free for Museum members; $10 general public; $40 for general admission + book.

 

City As Canvas is on view at the City Museum through Sunday, September 21, 2014.

WHO:              BLADE, artist and author

Chris Pape, graffiti historian and author

 

WHEN:            Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:           Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

About the Exhibition

 

City As Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection is the first exhibition of New York graffiti art from the Martin Wong Collection. In the 1970s and 80s, Martin Wong—an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art—amassed an unparalleled treasure trove of works on paper and canvas in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. City As Canvas features more than 150 works from the collection, including canvas and other media by such artists as Keith Haring, FUTURA 2000, and Lee Quiñones, along with photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings.

 

About the Museum of the City of New York

 

Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Visit www.mcny.org to learn more.