We’ve seen marches, boycotts and demonstrations on social media and now the Black Lives Matter movement finds its way to a new medium: wearable art. Opening this week at the Museum of Graffiti in Wynwood, “The Fabric of America: Artists in Protests” features more than 30 customized denim jackets emblazoned with political messages similar to the protest signs seen at the ongoing marches. Each one was created by a South Florida artist, including Ahol Sniffs Glue, Cash4 and Rasterms, and features a different social issue.
“Providing a platform for artists to contribute to the national discussion is important to the museum and a way for local artists to join the conversation,” says curator Alan Ket. “These artists work in the streets but we have invited them indoors to engage in a dialogue of resistance with our audience,” he adds. Ket together with artist Chintz also created a poignant audio/video installation that counts down to 0 from 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time a Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. The piece plays on loop to complement the outerwear display plus the handful of posters and prints by internationally recognized artists Futura 2000, Tristan Eaton and Cey Adams, which are also on view.
Want to get to know the artists? The Museum of Graffiti is hosting special Instagram live interviews with the folks who contributed to the exhibit. Tune in on Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, from 1 to 6pm to learn more about their art and social/political motivations. “The Fabric of America: Artists in Protests” is on view for the next two months and, yes, the Museum of Graffiti is open. So strap on your masks and appreciate street art from the comfort of an air-conditioned room.
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