Traveling to the IMA galleries from the Museum of the City of New York, City as Canvas features more than 100 works from the Martin Wong Collection and chronicles the origins of graffiti and its evolution from a creative outlet—viewed by many at the time as a public nuisance—to an accepted form of art. With intricate drawings, colorful works on canvas, and photographs of graffiti writing that have long since been erased, this exhibition includes a variety of seminal works by pioneering graffiti artists such as Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000.
City as Canvas is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibition is part of the IMA's ARTx series, made possible by a gift from the Efroymson Family Fund. Developed in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York.
Image Credit: Lady Pink, The Death of Graffiti, 1982, acrylic on Masonite, 19 × 22 in. Museum of the City of New York, Gift of Martin Wong, 94.114.96.