An exhibition of twenty large-scale graffiti paintings from such influential artists as Michael Tracy ("Tracy 168"), Melvin Samuels, Jr. ("NOC 167"), Sandra Fabara ("Lady Pink"), Chris Ellis ("Daze"), and John Matos ("Crash"), Graffiti explores how a genre that began as a form of subversive public communication has become legitimate -- moving away from the street and into private collections and galleries. One of the first dealers to collect graffiti was Sidney Janis. His heirs Carroll and Conrad Janis donated almost fifty works from his estate to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. Graffiti is drawn primarily from this gift and supplemented by material the Museum's Libraries and Archives. This exhibition is organized for the Brooklyn Museum by Charlotta Kotik, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator and Chair, Department of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.
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"Graffiti" is on view from June 30 through August 27, 2006 in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 5th Floor of the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238-6052 (Telephone 718-638-5000; TTY: 718-399-8440). The Brooklyn Museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. Suggested contributions for admission are $8 for adults, and $4 for students with valid ID or adults ages 65 and over. Members and children under 12 receive free admission.