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October 2020

Building Inclusive Communities (Exhibit)

  • Monroe Arts Center - 1315 11th Street
  • Monroe
  • 10/1/2020 - 10/23/2020
  • Gallery open by appointment - call 608.325.5700
  • 608.325.5700
  • www.monroeartscenter.com

Building Inclusive Communities Featuring Artists from the Downtown Street Art and Mural Project in Madison, WI.

A Brief History of Street Art:

Street Art, defined as visual art that is presented in public settings, has found its place at the core of contemporary art, but its origins were far from an accepted form of artistic expression. The Urban Art, Guerrilla Art, or Graffiti that began to appear in the 1920’s and 30’s in New York City was the work of local gangs. By the 1970’s a cultural movement had begun and Street Art became a response by young people to their socio-political environment, rebelling against popular culture and mass media reality.  Eventually, the Street Art phenomenon gained the attention and respect of the rest of the art world and was soon considered a legitimate form of artistic expression, in spite of the fact that it remained largely an illegal activity.  Today Street Art is represented in galleries and art markets around the world and major cities host Street Art Festivals.