Beyond Graffitti, a Look at an Evolutionary Process

This past weekend the Architecture + Design Museum launched an exhibition, Beyond Graffiti II, across the street from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Some of the artists in the exhibition included Axis, Atlas, Chaz Bojorquez, Aise Born, Phantom, Krush, Dreye, Defer, Kofie, Fishe, Eder, and a few others. I heard a few people mention how interesting it was to have an architecture museum host a concept related to art that originated in the decadent streets, however, the relationship between architecture and graffiti, and between architecture and muralism in Los Angeles, dates back to the Great Depression. In 1932, the Chouinard Art Institute hired the famous Mexican muralist, and dedicated communist painter, David Alfaro Siqueiros, to teach a class on fresco technique, which would result in the creation of a mural done with the help of enrolled students.

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