The importance of Street Art as a unique avant-garde will be explored in the exhibition titled Cross the Streets, a comprehensive introspection of this movement which includes a versatile techniques and styles such as graffiti, pop-surrealism, stencil art, photography, and film. Presented at the MACRO Museum Rome, the show gives an overview of street art as an influence on the collective imagination and rose to be one of the most important art movements at the turn of the century. Through highlighting its pioneers and impact, Cross the Streets aims to express its power and to show its role in inspiring different industrial branches, such as advertising, fashion, music, and film.
As the main curator of the exhibition, Paulo Lucas von Vacano explains: a revolution occurs when the street enters the museum, and when the museum becomes the street. In the exhibition catalogue, he states that surviving the streets means that you can rule the world, pointing to a number of urban creatives who reached the global fame coming from the streets. “The street watches and the street governs”, continues his elaboration von Vacano, "the street is one of the cursors on the contemporary art map, which governs much of what is going on in the art world."
Over 200 works will be displayed in several sections of the show, bringing to the audiences artists like Mike Giant, WK Interact, Sten and Lex, Will Barras, Cope2, Jeremy Fish, Doze Green, Roa, Chaz, Swoon, Fafi, Koralie, Bo130, Miss Van, Hyuro, Microbo, Galo, 2501, Invader, Moneyless, Giacomo Spazio, Solomostry, Shepard Fairey, Agostino Iacurci, and Mosa One, among others. The representatives of pop-surrealism will also be present with their works, including Ray Caesar, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, Yosuke Ueno, Kazuki Takamatsu, and Ron English’s toys.
The exhibition is divided among four sections titled Street Art Stories, Writing in Rome 1979-2017, Keith Haring Deleted, and Fuck You All. Street Art Stories outlines the development of Street Art through massive murals and mosaics at the entering area of the show. Keith Haring Deleted is a display of photographs by Stefano Fontebasso De Martino from the museum’s collection, showing the murals painted by Keith Haring on the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 1984, and another of his public works from 1984-86 comprised of transparent panels. Writing in Rome 1979-2017 traces the relationship between the city of Rome and writing. Its focus is on the graffiti writing in the Roman sphere, starting from 1979, when the first show of graffiti outside of the US was staged in this city. Finally, Fuck you All, a traveling exhibition of Glen Friedman works is also included as a section in the show.
The Street Art Stories section of the exhibition is curated by Paulo Lucas von Vacano, Writing in Rome 1979-2017 by Christian Omodeo, Keith Haring Deleted by Claudio Crescentini, and Fuck You All by Glen Friedman is curated by Rita Luchetti Bartoli. The Cross the Streets show at the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, Via Nizza 138, opens on May 7th, and will be on view through October 1st, 2017. The press conference will be held on Saturday, May 6th at 11.30am, the inauguration is on the same day from 18-20pm, and the inauguration party will take place from 20.30pm.
Featured images: WK Interact; Keith Haring mural; Boogie. All images courtesy of the MACRO Museum Rome.