A Celebration of Urban Expression - White Plains 10601

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New York was not working well when John Lindsay became mayor of New York in 1965.  He wanted the city to be known as "fun city" and yet, it was a tough time in New York - a restless, an angry and a messy place with tensions boiling into protests and expressive behavior erupting at every turn.  A little like today maybe?

This raucous mix would slowly simmer into a new and vibrant art form.  At its core it was simply Graffiti, an in your face form of protest, in which buildings, walls and other property, including subway cars, were defaced with huge lettering applied with spray paint.  Although it was called "vandalism" artists thumbed their noses at decorum as they "tagged" different parts of the city with their own expression-enjoying the adventure and escape in the process.

Who were these anonymous adventurers not known by their real names but by monikers like Crash and Xincero? Driving thru the streets of the city,  it was not uncommon to see new works of graffiti pop up overnight.  Most jarring were the ones in areas of the city where former housing was a pile of rubble. Fort Apache, The Bronx?  It was almost as if the taggers were saying to the city "Clean up the Mess"!

From the Streets, is a multimedia art exhibition focusing on the history of street art, chronicling the meteoric rise of the urban artist, from a vandal and outlaw to that of a cultural trendsetter.  It highlights legendary artists from the 1980's, a pivotal moment in graffiti's culture, which gave birth to hip hop and other unique styles of artistic expression.

Presented by the ArtsW - ArtsWestchester-it features murals, painting, photography, sculpture and installation from these early pioneers who are at the cutting edge of their disciplines.  From the Streets exemplifies the scope and evolution of a subculture that has made a huge impact on the current marketplace in galleries, auction houses and museums around the world.  

As many of you know, I have traveled to both London and Paris to actually study street art.  I loved this exhibit and it runs at the ArtsW Gallery at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains through July 15.

Comments (23)

Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have seen some very attractive graffiti in my travels. If it is attractive is it graffiti, Joanna?

Apr 30, 2017 05:18 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Joanna Cohlan 

There sure was a lot of tension in the 60's and 70's that erupted, especially when John Lindsay was Mayor. It was very similar in Chicago during that era when Mayor Richard J. Daley was in office. I remember my first trip to New York, the year was 1967 - oh those were the days and New York City was alive and boy the nuns from my High School had a hard time keeping an eye on all of my classmates.  

Teens were "Born to be Wild," and some were experimenting with the Valley of the Dolls. While in NY, it was the first time I saw someone getting a fix and there was plenty of colorful artists on the streets of NY City. Me & my High School friends were going up and down the elevator because rumor had it that Gary Pucket & the Union Gap were staying at our hotel. We never did find them, but we were all singing, "Young Girl, get out of my life..." hoping they would hear us and serenade us to sleep or dance with us.  

Joanna, you wrote a great piece of history that obviously took me down memory lane. Thank you!

Apr 30, 2017 05:25 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Joanna Cohlan ,

Love this wonderfully written history piece that educates us! Thank you!

Apr 30, 2017 07:34 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

OMG Patricia Feager - I love your memories-in 1965 I was 10 years old and had no idea what any of this was - I was plenty wild in my time-I think 1968 and the Chicago Democratic Convention kicked it off-my teen tour across country led me into the arms of The Rascals and then, The Young Rascals and John Sebastian-after that summer, I really grew up - being 13 in New York meant seeing the city without your parents - and so, it all began.

Thank you so much for your support Dorie Dillard and Kathy Streib and Michael Jacobs - I do love to share this with you and I know that you appreciate it.

Apr 30, 2017 08:13 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good evening Roy Kelley and Debbie Reynolds - yes, it can be attractive-so much of it is - but graffiti was technically vandalism and street art is often commissioned by landlords and shop owners!

Apr 30, 2017 08:14 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Joanna - I will stop in to see the exhibit.  I am in White Plains all the time.  That location is my old bank.

May 03, 2017 09:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                        Thank you Joanna Cohlan 

May 06, 2017 05:42 PM
Joanna Cohlan

Thank you Kathy Streib -just got home from Mexico and am excited to pop over to your Ah Ha Moments! 

May 09, 2017 05:03 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Joanna Cohlan ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured this in her Sunday "Ah-ha" moments. I commented before but wanted to echo Kathy's sentiment..we are indeed grate-full to have you here with all that you so freely give to us to educate and make us smile:).

May 07, 2017 05:56 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Interesting. I was just reading this morning about some "street art" that is going to be done downtown in my city to help beautify it. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do.

May 07, 2017 08:02 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I love this post, Joanna.  Thank you for sharing the "From the Streets" exhibit - I love how public art has become so much more popular and something that is respected, and treasured.

Enjoy your Sunday!


May 07, 2017 08:25 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great post as alway Joanna Cohlan  have to thank Kathy Streib  as I missed this when you posted it

May 07, 2017 03:45 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Very interesting exhibition, will have to mention it to my brother who lives in White Plains I think he woud enjoy this.

May 07, 2017 04:15 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I vagulely recalled when Lindsay took over the public trasportation was shut down. I heard many who had to endure walking on hill heels.  When the big power outage took place I walked 100 blocks to get home.  

I think there were garbage worker strike among other unrest events.  

Too liberal.....

May 07, 2017 07:49 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joanna I remember John Lindsay he was  a very Charismatic Mayor and very flamboyant if I remember correctly for the late sixties anyway:))Endre

May 07, 2017 11:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Wow, this sounds like a very interesting exhibit - I'll have to try to get there before it closes!

May 08, 2017 09:49 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Great idea Grant Schneider you will enjoy the exhibit-the od Dime Bank is beautiful!

Yes Kat Palmiotti definitely come down county and take a look!

You are absolutely right Endre Barath, Jr. - very charismatic-just like Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg!

I'm not sure what his liberalism has to do with this Sam Shueh - the city was broke but it turned around and now it is thriving!

May 09, 2017 05:07 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thanks so much for stopping by Jeff Dowler and Hannah Williams - always a pleasure.  Yes Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - please tell him to see it-and the old Dime Savings Bank is gorgeous too! A White Plains institution.

May 09, 2017 05:08 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Love you back Dorie Dillard and I must say that Austin has its own share of wonderful publc art - yes? And I hope that you will learn about street art Sharon Tara and take the kids to see it as well.

May 09, 2017 05:09 AM
jack jan
soft - Tamuning, GU
Jun 01, 2017 11:25 PM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Good article, Joanna. I've noticed that street art is finally getting it's due as an art form to be appreciated, documented and celebrated all around the country. Some of it is truly amazing. Stories-high artwork is just awesome.

Jun 20, 2017 04:46 PM