MOCA’s “Art In The Streets” exhibition officially opens to the public today, but the streets of Los Angeles have been previewing the show for almost a week now.
The LA Times reports that the LAPD are registering a spike in graffiti and tagging in the Little Tokyo neighborhood surrounding the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch pegs it on the “young” and “anarchic,” and is quoted giving this message to illegal taggers: “If you harness your talent you can be in a museum some day, make a contribution and a living from it.”
But some of the unsanctioned street art might be coming from prominent street artists in town for the exhibit, or from the exhibit’s artists themselves. Greg Linton, editor of the Los Angeles street art blog MELROSEandFAIRFAX, told HuffPost that Barry McGee, Andre, and Space Invader are just some of the artists who seem to be sharing their work both in and out of the museum. Additionally, prominent street artists who weren’t curated for the MOCA show are flocking to “leave their mark” on or near the museum.