Graffiti Exhibition the Brooklyn Museum Won’t Show Breaks L.A. Museum’s Attendance Record

08/11/2011 4:41 PM |

Art in the Streets at MOCA.

  • “Art in the Streets” at MOCA.

New York’s not the only city that just closed its biggest summer blockbuster exhibition while setting a new attendance record: the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art wrapped its street art and graffiti survey show Art in the Streets on Monday, which set a new all-time attendance record for the museum. It’s not surprising given the star power—Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, etc—but it might give a New York City museum more incentive to bring the show here after the Brooklyn Museum canceled its plans to do so.

Over its 16 weeks 201,352 visitors saw Art in the Streets, the L.A. Times reports, edging out MOCA’s 2002 Andy Warhol retrospective, which drew 195,000 visitors over 12 weeks. An average 2,486 visitors visited the street art show every day, and on the Banksy-sponsored free Mondays that figure ballooned to 4,083.

Those avid for cross-country rivalry and competition will note that the Met’s just-closed Alexander McQueen retrospective became the museum’s eighth-most attended show ever with a huge 661,509 visitors over three months, proving that either New Yorkers go to museums more than Angelenos, or that more tourists visit museums in New York than in L.A., or both.

It also proves that if a New York City museum were to bring Art in the Streets here, it would probably break its attendance record.


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  • I can’t mention the particular NY Times reporter by name or I’ll compromise an upcoming significant article he’s writing on the decline of New York’s Puerto Ricans, but we’ve discussed what taggers face in Brooklyn vs. the Bronx. I know from personal experience that Brooklyn landlords are ferociously anti-graffiti, whereas in the Bronx, he informed me, tagging is celebrated and endorsed, and landlords even commission taggers. Indeed, 2 years ago, while working on a photo [really, tagging] e-book on mysticism, the project was sabotaged by constant landlord harassment of my partners, who thought the images in the e-book would lend to the celebration of “vandalism.”

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