Coming at you full blast 516 Arts show Saturday,,,,,

Street Text • Art from the Coasts & The Populist Phenomenon

October 2 – December 11, 2010

STREET TEXT is a two-part exhibition examining Street Art and its evolution into a worldwide cultural movement. The upstairs portion of the exhibition titled Art From the Coasts is curated by Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at The Albuquerque Museum. He compares masters of graffiti art from New York and Los Angeles, including the work of Chaz Bojórquez, Gajin Fujita, John Lorne and Lady Pink, as well as the documentary photography of Henry Chalfant. The downstairs portion of the exhibition titled The Populist Phenomenon is curated by Francesca Searer of 516 ARTS. It includes a mix of local, national and international artists, and examines the artists’ work as a means of expressing a message to the masses. Featured New Mexican artists include Ernest Doty, Jaque Fragua, Stevan Gutierrez, Thomas Christopher Haag and Albert Rosales; and guest artists include Shepard Fairey, Gaia, Mark Jenkins, Alexandre Orion, Chris Stain, Slinkachu, SWOON and Chip Thomas. Work includes on and off-site installations, photographic documentation, portable representations of wheat-paste, stencil and canvas work methods and video clips and films of street artists in action. The STREET TEXT exhibition is the center of a citywide series of events titled STREET ARTS: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture & Free Expression during October and November, presented in partnership with the ACLU-NM and involving 25 local organizations. The project celebrates art in the urban environment and explores issues of free expression. Download the Street Arts Guide. Press Release. More details Street Arts schedule Download exhibition catalog

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