- Posted June 24, 2013 by
The Bronx, New York
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New York City's Summer Stage Shines Light on Modern Graffiti Culture
- jccarp, CNN iReport producer
I snapped the attached photos during a recent visit to an area of Hunt's Point in The Bronx that's known for its graffiti murals. It's one of many areas of New York City where artists from around the world are drawn to visit, paint and share experiences. A few days after taking these images, a local historian named Charlie Watt informed me about a free event for anyone interested in learning more about graffiti history and culture as it relates to New York City.
On Saturday, July 6th, 2013, New York City's Summer Stage program, along with local community organizations The Point CDC and City Lore, are hosting an event to celebrate the art of graffiti in a third installment of the ongoing series From Mambo to Hip-Hop. The event is titled "Graffiti and the Media it Inspires" and will be curated by Danny Peralta and local artists.
"Graffiti and the Media it Inspires" takes an in-depth look at the connection between the modern graffiti movement and the various forms of media that have proliferated as an extension of the art: from the photography and documentary films depicting the artists and styles of the early days of the hip-hop movement; to the current use of new digital media; and big budget films that use graffiti as a way of establishing urban culture and presence. Now You See Me could be an example of this, where popular Queens graffiti mecca 5 Pointz was used in an important scene of the film.
Speaking directly to this relationship will be a panel discussion moderated by Bonz Malone (Vibe and Spin Magazines) and featuring graffiti artists Tats Cru (BG 183, Bio and Nicer), Crash and Eric Deal. Panelists will give insight into how media impacted their work, as well as talk about the various types of media that have taken shape since a famous photo of Taki 183 appeared in the pages of The New York Times in 1971.
The event will also include a slide presentation entitled ”From Makers to Spray Paint: The Evolution Documented on Film” featuring artists Flint and Nic One, early writers and documenters of the graffiti movement. They will display images and speak about their careers as acclaimed muralists and photographers.
There will also be a film screening of The Mural Kings, a documentary depicting the lives and artistic journey of Tats Cru, graffiti muralists from the Hunts Point section of The Bronx, who constantly challenge the way aerosol art is viewed and received around the globe.
The day will wrap up with DJ Fredones spinning music while writers share tags on "black books."
"Graffiti and the Media it Inspires" is free and open to the public. It takes place at The Point CDC, located at 940 Garrison Avenue in The Bronx, New York.