This all-graffiti. all-street art special exhibition was on display @ the MOCA for several months – we’ve been planning to hit it up during all of the drive-bys in LA but were usually too busy/hectic to squeeze in a museum rendevous; lucky enough I was able to catch it on it’s closing weekend.
We thought it was at the main gallery, but after finding parking and walking up to the box office, we found out it was @ the gallery in Little Tokyo. They were able to give us tickets while we were there, and I’m *SURE* happy they did. After our little stroll thru downtown we finally came up on the Japanese Village and the line to get into the MOCA exxxxxxxxxxtttteeeeennnnddeeedddd into the street. There must have been over a 1000 people in line waiting to get tickets. With our tix in hand, we breezed by the thick of it and quickly stepped inside. For those who were lucky enough to catch this exhibit in person, HELL YEAH!!!! For those who weren’t able to make it out, here’s the next best thing:
from the MOCA blog:
MOCA announced today that the exhibition Art in the Streets, presented in the first year of MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch’s tenure at the museum, attracted 201,352 visitors from April 17–August 8, 2011, marking the highest exhibition attendance in the museum’s history. Previous attendance records were set with the museum’s presentations of Andy Warhol Retrospective (2002) and ©MURAKAMI (2007), which welcomed 195,000 and 149,323 visitors, respectively. With this exhibition, MOCA expects to double its annual attendance this year to 400,000 visitors.
“It is my mission to increase MOCA’s attendance and to engage new audiences,” said Deitch. “Art in the Streets reflected a wide array of creative disciplines and local communities, and these record-breaking attendance figures go a long way to doubling the museum’s attendance this year.“
Well done, MOCA! Great job .KEEPiNiTiGHT.!!!