Gentrification Billboards Appear in Downtown Brooklyn

02/01/2010 12:58 PM |

Specter Gentrification Billboards MoCADA

As part of the upcoming exhibition The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks opening Thursday at Downtown Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York-based street artist Specter was commissioned to create a series of hilarious billboards addressing the area’s current extensive and accelerated gentrification, particularly though not exclusively in light of the Atlantic Yards project. The series of four billboards makes light of the conspicuous consumption patterns of invading yuppie families (as above), and takes a jab at the neighborhood-destroying Atlantic Yards stadium-condo-eminent domain disaster. If the rest of the exhibition is as good as these ads, MoCADA might have one of the sleeper hit shows of the year. (WoosterCollective)

One Comment

  • This is offensively, horrifically racist. WTF? Could you imagine the brouhaha if White Plains or New Rochelle or some Westchester suburb pulled the same stunt, only directed at blacks?

    There is a huge racist current and de facto redlining occurring today … but it is against whites and Asians. I see a divided, angry society in the years to come if the trend of essentially institutionalized racism against whites and Asians continues. It’s one of the more regrettable — and bizarre — developments of present-day American society, and too often it is accepted and enabled by the very people whose lives, and whose children’s lives, it has the potential to make very unpleasant.