new-york

“Street Stencils of the Lower East Side”

Henry Street Settlement

This exhibition was devoted to the culturally neglected and often persecuted art of the street stencil. It represents the first historical survey in New York of this vital form of expression. The show was well-executed and appropriate within the spirited, informative, intercultural, community-based context of the Henry Street Settlement. Yet it was almost completely ignored by the larger art-going public, making it one of the most lively, educational, and provocative shows the art world missed this year.

In New York, street stencils have had a parallel development with graffiti and other forms of urban expression. They have come, for the most part, out of an environment of poverty, crime, and decay, and as a response to mass alienation, brutality, and discontent. Created outside legal boundaries, they are a reaction against the consumer, military, political, and economic establishments and

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