Now through July 6, a 40,000-plus square-foot warehouse in Los Angeles will be filled with paintings, sculptures, photography and installations crafted by some of the modern art movement’s most influential creators. Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami and the Guerrilla Girls headline a roster of more than 100 graffiti and street artists whose work will take visitors Beyond the Streets.
Beyond the Streets is a continuation of “Art in the Streets,” a widely lauded exhibition that drew record crowds to The Museum of Contemporary Art in 2011.
“Part of [the exhibition] will be ephemera, part will be historical, and part will be more of a photo opportunity mixed in with the paintings, sculpture and other art,” exhibition curator Roger Gastman told the Los Angeles Times.
Gastman, one of the co-producers of the Oscar-nominated, Banksy-backed documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” says visitors are encouraged to take selfies and post photos of themselves with the art at Beyond the Streets on social media throughout the exhibition.
Speaking of Banksy, the famous-yet-anonymous British graffiti artist known for works that incorporate political and social commentary has produced a new painting for Beyond the Streets called, “A Boy and His Dog in a Stop and Search.”
Some of the other installations featured in the indoor and outdoor space just northeast of Chinatown include a historical re-creation of the legendary Venice Pavilion in Venice Beach that’s also a functioning skate park, a walk-through garden by LA-based activist Ron Finley, a playable handball court by Lee Quiñones (creator of the famous “The Lion’s Den” Brooklyn handball court mural), and a room full of puppets made with trash and found objects organized by British artist Paul Insect.
You can also try your hand at street art while you’re there. Danish artist HuskMitNavn is hosting a “drawing room,” where visitors can settle into comfy chairs and use art supplies to craft their own 3D paper drawing.
For more on what you can expect to see at Beyond the Streets, check out Discover Los Angeles’ Top 10 Must-See Artworks at Beyond the Streets.
And don’t worry, there’s a gift shop. You’ll be able to buy T-shirts, prints, pins and more emblazoned with the work of your favorite street artists.