On Wednesday, July 23, The Museum of the City of New York hosted a talk lead by “Jay J. SON” Edlin a veteran graffiti artist and the author of Graffiti 365.
Participating in the conversation about the New York graffiti scene in the 1970’s were some of the orignal graffiti artists/writers. CHARMIN 65, BAMA, LAZAR, and WICKED GARY, were the ones blazing the trail as teenagers during the 1970’s and they claimed the walls of New York City as their canvases, both above the ground and below.
The event was in conjunction with the City Museum’s City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection Exhibition. City as Canvas explores the cultural phenomenon of New York City Graffiti art, beginning with the historical photographs of graffiti long erased from the subways and building and goes further by delving into paintings and sketchbooks collected by Martin Wong.
The City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection will be on display at the Museum of the City of New York until September 21, 2014.
Graffiti Images provided by Museum of the City of New York
Image of Panel by Sherridon Poyer