I was in LA in the spring and missed the opening of this exhibit by a couple of weeks, something I would have loved to go to. This is unfortunate news;
The Brooklyn Museum has announced that it will not be hosting the “Art in the Streets” show, which is currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The exhibition had been scheduled at the Brooklyn Museum from March 30 through July 8, 2012. Drawing massive crowds, the exhibition has also been a topic of criticism due to the large increase in graffiti in the surrounding area. Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, stated in an interview, “We will find a way to bring it to New York.” “If not in a museum, we’ll just do it on our own.”
“This is an exhibition about which we were tremendously enthusiastic, and which would follow appropriately in the path of our Basquiat and graffiti exhibitions in 2005 and 2006, respectively. It is with regret, therefore, that the cancellation became necessary due to the current financial climate. As with most arts organizations throughout the country, we have had to make several difficult choices since the beginning of the economic downturn three years ago,” states Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman.