The 'Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ exhibition explores graffiti as a cultural phenomenon. It will show how well-known Amsterdam graffiti artists (‘writers’) like Shoe and Delta are influenced by American artists like Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Dondi and Lady Pink. Unique visual material – like private photos – and objects – such as works on canvas, sketchbooks ('black books') and denim jackets – will be used to achieve a clear understanding of how graffiti developed from a street phenomenon into an accepted artistic movement. The ‘Graffiti. New York meets the Dam’ exhibition will also show how a young generation changed the street scene 30 years ago; their influence is still very much evident today, in music, fashion and in contemporary visual culture.
City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection was developed by the Museum of the City of New York, curated by Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs.