Friday, July 06, 2012

Art from Chicago's Streets at the Harold Washington Library Center

I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to curate a street art show for the Chicago Public Library downtown.  There are several exhibit cases with examples of street art (stickers, drawings, paintings, and stencils) by 40 Chicago artists including Saro, Goons, Cosbe, the Viking, You Are Beautiful, Nick Adam, Klepto, Pooper, Clam Nation, Radah, Don't Fret, Left Hand Wave, Rejoice and more.

There are two cases with 25 Chicago graffiti magazines and zines from the past 20 years including issues of Chicago Rocks, Volume 1, Caught in the Middle, Grime Time, Pound the Pavement, Crime Pays, Fly Paper, and Klip Art. This is a preview of a larger Chicago graffiti magazine show I'm working on for the next year.
The main portion of the show is a 20-foot wide exhibition case by Chicago street artists Nice-One and Brooks Golden.  Incorporating members of DIPSTK (a fictional heavy metal band that Brooks created), this installation features the band backstage after a concert sleeping off a sugar high while giving privy to their dreams.  Brooks and Nice-One did a phenomenal job creating the iconic work that fills this huge case.

Here's a preview video of Nice-One and Brooks Golden at work shot by Andrew Roddewig... 

Art From Chicago's Streets: Featuring a Large-Scale Installation, Unauthorized Objects, and Graffiti Magazines
at the Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center
400 S State St
Visual and Performing Arts Department 
8th floor
Chicago, IL

On view through August 10, 2012

***There'll be an artist talk about the installation featuring Nice-One and Brooks Golden on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 2 pm in the Art Dept's Reference Room.  The first 50 guests at the talk will receive a copy of Golden's DIPSTK zine, Rocket Mega-Zine issue 2...

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