West Hollywood Lecture Series: 'Street Art'
West Hollywood Library, City Council Chambers
CRITICAL STUDIES: Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose works engage a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing American history, his work explores the varying relationships between culture and politics, engaging subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, southern rock music, and modernism. His work has been widely exhibited internationally and in the United States.
Born in Los Angeles, Marquis Lewis (RETNA) is a contemporary graffiti artist whose innovative style combines a mixture of mediums to create an art form that easily traverses the line between gallery art and street art. Lewis merges photography with painting by using vibrant colors and captivating images to tell stories through his artwork. His work has been featured in art galleries as well as in music videos and magazine ads. He also contributed a mural to the new West Hollywood library.
Jeffrey Deitch is director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, which recently ran the successful Art in the Streets exhibition. Deitch has been active as an art critic and exhibition curator since the mid- 1970s. Deitch’s first important curatorial project was Lives, a 1975 exhibition about artists who used their own lives as an art medium. His most ambitious exhibition was Post Human, which opened at the FAE Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lausanne in June 1992.