"Street Art and the LES" Part I, July 2015
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. LESPI's "Street Art and the Lower East Side" event July 23, featuring author and photographer Yoav Litvin and artist Al Diaz explored what was and is so remarkable about street art in the Lower East Side as well as in the world beyond.
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