‘Taking it to the Streets’ Artist Talk with Seth Tobocman, Anton van Dalen, Kristin Reed and Jerry Wade
Tuesday, June 13th, 6:30-8:00pm
Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C (between East 9th + 10th Streets)
Presented by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Read more about the exhibition in the NYTimes online here.
Before Twitter and Facebook, activists used the streets as a public forum to express their creativity and organize for political goals, with their messages wheatpasted right onto lampposts and walls. It was the era of ‘xerocracy,’ and the entire city were gallery walls. Nowhere was this form of expression more prevalent than the East Village. From posters expressing stark opposition to building demolitions, to stencils addressing the AIDS epidemic and more, such expressions of conscience and conflict were everywhere. In this panel discussion we will hear from some of the artists of that time, who are still creating today, including Seth Tobocman, Anton van Dalen, Kristin Reed and Jerry Wade.