There will be a special viewing of ‘Wild Style’ this Fri, April 15th at 7:30PM ($10 admission) being presented by The Cinefamily at 611 N. Fairfax Avenue as part of a week of documentaries, live panels, Q&As and parties in celebration of the ‘Art In The Streets’ exhibition at MOCA.
Joyous, raucous, and explosive, Wild Style is the movie that made Hollywood wake up to hip-hop. A fixture of the scene for nearly half a decade, downtown NYC director Charlie Ahearn had unique access, offering us a living, breathing document of early hip-hop history. The film is essential text: ZEPHYR’s animated titles rivaling those of Saul Bass; the epic Williamsburg Bridge park jam climax with Rammellzee in a trenchcoat waving around a sawed-off; Chief Rocker Busy Bee at the Dixie Club; the Cold Crush Brothers and the Fantastic 5 battling on the b-ball court; Grandmaster Flash on the ones and twos in his kitchen; and, of course, glorious graf galore.
After the film there will be an afterparty with director Charlie Ahearn, co-stars Busy Bee, Fab 5 Freddy & Patti Astor, along with other special guests TBA!
Day 3 of DABS MYLA at work on their collaborative mural with HOW and NOSM
DABS MYLA are at work in downtown LA putting the final touches on their massive mural with HOW and NOSM (on 3rd Street near the big JR piece). The work is part of the ongoing LA Freewalls Project being put together by Jet Set Graffiti and promises to be one of the highlights of this astounding collection of outdoor works. The lineup is becoming a who’s who to say the very least. Look for add’l works from the likes of Aiko and others to join the streets of downtown LA over the next few days as we head into the opening of the big ‘Art In The Streets’ exhibition at MOCA.
We’ll post some shots of this beauty all finished up on Thursday – looks like tomorrow is crunch day to get this one all finished up. Definitely a treat for those to enjoy that will get to walk by this each day.
Shepard and crew at work on a new hand-sprayed stencil piece in downtown LA
Just back from the kickoff event/talk at Soho House where Fab 5 Freddy (aka Fred Brathwaite), Lee Quinones, Shepard Fairey and Jeffrey Deitch held a very in-depth 2 hour talk. Sadly no pics were allowed, but if this was a taste of the story telling to come during many of the planned special talks throughout the exhibitions run, then there is much to look forward to. The stories shared by Fab 5 Freddy and Lee were just so inspiring to hear. Shepard was there with fresh black paint still on his hands due to having just finished up the above piece over on Alameda (just around the corner from where DABS MYLA were finishing up their collaborative work with HOW and NOSM). Shepard’s new piece ‘Legislative Influence For Sale’ is part of the ongoing and ever growing LA Freewalls Project being put together by Jet Set Graffiti and aims to shed light on the fact that our current financial situation is not by any means entirely the fault of Obama but stems from the era of Reagan. The piece is timed to coincide with the big ‘Art In The Streets’ exhibit at MOCA opening this Sat. Look for two add’l new murals to pop up around downtown over the course of the next few days from Shepard and his crew, with one other planned to focus on the evil that was Reaganomics (Google it kids!).