We were really excited to learn that the Brooklyn Museum would be bringing the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art‘s historical survey of street art and graffiti to Brooklyn in March 2012, but we just received word from the museum that it has had to cancel its presentation of Art in the Streets. An announcement by Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman reads:
This is an exhibition about which we were tremendously enthusiastic, and which would follow appropriately in the path of our Basquiat and graffiti exhibitions in 2005 and 2006, respectively. It is with regret, therefore, that the cancellation became necessary due to the current financial climate.
One wonders, though, whether a certain local paper’s opposition might have had something to do with the cancellation. Between this and the Brooklyn Museum cancelling its late Friday nights, things must be very dire at 200 Eastern Parkway.