Thursday, July 23 & Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street
LES Gallery, 1st Fl
F, J, M. Z train to Delancey/Essex
Graffiti and street art have been an integral part of the New York cityscape for decades. Starting in the late 1960s, these art forms quickly spread throughout the boroughs, slowly gaining popularity.
By the 1970s, the Lower East Side was transformed into a hub for many artists who used its walls as their canvases. These included pop icons such as Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Since that time, graffiti and street art have conquered the eyes of people worldwide, morphing from local urban expressions to vibrant artistic genres.
Thursday July 23: Yoav Litvin, a photographer and native New Yorker, will speak of the current graffiti and street art “scene” in NYC and share images from the LES, other neighborhoods, and internationally. Litvin recently published his first book, the critically acclaimed Outdoor Gallery - New York City.
Al Diaz, will speak about his experiences as an old school graffiti writer and artist in the LES. In the 70s Diaz was a graffiti artist known as BOMB1 and the artistic partner of Jean Michel Basquiat.
Wednesday July 29 (rain date August 5): Recognized graffiti artist YESONE will do a live outdoor art installation at the Clemente’s rear yard wall. Yes1 will describe his process during the course of the work.
Light refreshments will be served at both evenings' events.
General Admission: $15 per evening, $25 for two-evening event
LESPI members: $12 per evening, $20 for two-evening event