Coverage: “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” by Julie Faith

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The Long Beach Museum of Art in collaboration with Thinkspace and POW! WOW! Long Beach presented an opening reception of “Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension” on Friday July 15th. The show is up until October 16th.

“Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” is a sequel to last year’s record-breaking exhibition Vitality & Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape.

Presented in collaboration with POW! WOW! Long Beach and Los Angeles’ Thinkspace gallery, “Vitality & Verve: In the Third Dimension” showcases works by some of the world’s best street artists, muralists, and new contemporary artists placing an emphasis on their unique sculptural and installation practices.

Highlighting this steadily expanding young art movement within a mainstream, museological context, the exhibition celebrates its momentum and cultural presence.

The new contemporary movement may have begun in the public and urban domains, but now steadily continues to assert its significance within museum walls. Historically urban public art in general has had to create contexts for the reception and support of its work in the community. It has never been fixed to a singular genre but rather has prospered with fluidity and expanded into all manner of techniques, expressions, media and spaces. This exhibition captures an historical moment of transition in the global trajectory and increasing diversity of new contemporary art.

Each artist interpreted the Museum space with site-specific installations, murals, and sculptural vignettes, collectively transforming all 8,000 square feet of the venue in an environmental immersive experience.

Participating artists include Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, Susan Beiner, Rebekah Bogard, Bumblebeelovesyou, Isaac Cordal, Patsy Cox, Ariel DeAndrea, Aaron De La Cruz, Sergio Garcia, Glazed Paradise (Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez), Andrew Hem, Kiel Johnson, Sarah Joncas, Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One), Drew Leshko, Aaron Li-Hill, Troy Lovegates (aka Other), Telmo Miel, Jaime Molina, Brendan Monroe, Luke O’Sullivan, Felipe Pantone, Erika Sanada, Slinkachu, Mark Dean Veca, Cinta Vidal, Hilary White, Yoskay Yamamoto, Alex Yanesw, and Ernest Zacharevic with Martha Cooper.

This is our original Save the Date post for more details.

Top photo is installation by Craig “Skibs” Barker.

Below is the photo coverage by Julie Faith for Cartwheel Art. Enjoy!



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Sergio Garcia

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Sergio Garcia

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Andrew Hem

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Mark Dean Veca

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Mark Dean Veca

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Mark Dean Veca

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Cinta Vidal

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Drew Leshko

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Slinkachu - IMG_0355



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De La Cruz

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De La Cruz

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Martha Cooper and Ernest Zacharevic

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Martha Cooper and Ernest Zacharevic

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Jaime Molina


Keil Johnson


Keil Johnson


Keil Johnson


Keil Johnson


Keil Johnson



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