Street art is celebrated as a force for social, cultural and artistic change with OUTSIDEIN ArtCenter College of Design, an expansive indoor and outdoor exhibition, with a public reception on October 8, 2015, and continuing through January 10, 2016, at multiple venues in Pasadena.
In 1989, just months before his death, Keith Haring painted a mural at ArtCenter College of Design, which has become and inspiration to the College’s growing community of students focused on social impact art and design. The work also serves as a memorial to artists who have died of HIV/AIDS. Haring’s body of work shifted perception of street art–and also made the more acceptable to collectors, both private and institutional.
Since the mid-2000s, the impact of street has accelerated, and there are several artists who publicly admit to doing graffiti and street murals to draw attention to their fine art/gallery work. Street art, once a form of rebellion, is seen as an entré to galleries as much as, if not more than, an MFA from RSDI, UCLA, or CalArts.
Despite that calculated use of walls as a career move, street artists still continues to break new grounds in terms of style, content and execution. As OUTSIDEIN curator and author G. James Daichendt in a recent TEDx speech, “The Streets As Canvas”
Street art has exploded as an anti-authoritarian form of art making and an important global movement happening in the visual arts today. Even if you’ve never stepped foot into a museum or gallery, you’ve been impacted by street art since it lives in the corners of our communities.
In recognition of this phenomenon, ArtCenter College of Design has organized OUTSIDEIN, an expansive indoor and outdoor exhibition opening, with a public reception on October 8, 2015, and continuing through January 10, 2016, at multiple venues in Pasadena. Initiated by ArtCenter’s Illustration Department Chair Ann Field, the exhibition’s curatorial team also includes Daichendt and Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery Director Stephen Nowlin.
Featured in the show are artists Olivia Bevilacqua, David Flores, CHASE, Robbie Conal, Cryptik, Jeanne Detallante, Shepard Fairey, James Jean, Geoff McFetridge, RISK, Kenny Scharf and Jeff Soto, who is an ArtCenter alumnus.
OUTSIDEIN murals are being installed in four locations at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena; the Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, 1700 Lida Street (91103); the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall, 870 South Raymond Avenue (91105); as well as the north wall and a rooftop elevator cube of the Wind Tunnel, 950 South Raymond Avenue (91105).
Who is painting where?
- CHASE will create work in the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall (1,260 square feet) in the Fine Art and Illustration building at 870 South Raymond Avenue near downtown Pasadena.
- Seen by both southbound Metro Gold Line train passengers and drivers along South Raymond Avenue, RISK’s mural explodes with color on the expansive, rectangular north wall of the Wind Tunnel at 950 South Raymond Avenue.
- Kenny Scharf is painting a cube-shaped elevator shaft on the rooftop of the Wind Tunnel building at 950 South Raymond Avenue.
- All 12 artists will be represented by paintings, objects or site-specific murals in ArtCenter’s Williamson Gallery (4,600 square feet) on the Hillside Campus at 1700 Lida Street in the hills above the Rose Bowl.
Opening Night Reception
The opening reception will be held Thursday, October 8, with the first half taking place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Hillside Campus in the Williamson Gallery, 1700 Leda Street, in Pasadena. The after-party, from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m., will shift the action to South Campus in the Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall at 870 South Raymond Avenue, a short stroll from the RISK and Kenny Scharf murals. Complimentary valet parking will be provided to visitors at 870 South Raymond Avenue (see map below). The event is free and open to the public.
How to visit, link and win with hashtags
Visitors are encouraged to share their observations and images with friends and fans using these hashtags: #OutsideInMurals #OutsideIn #ArtCenterMurals.
Exhibition visitors have a chance to win a limited edition art book signed by Kenny Scharf @kennyscharf or RISK @ogRISK! by sharing photos on Instagram tagged #OutsideInWin.
Admission to all ArtCenter galleries is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit williamsongallery.net/outsidein.
Materials and paints for OUTSIDEIN have generously been made available to the artists by Sherwin-Williams.
Top: Risk. All photos courtesy of G. James Daichendt