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Iconic photos of a changing city, and commentary on our Collections & Exhibitions from the crew at MCNY.org

Tag Archives: Graffiti

Martin Wong’s papers: a deeper look at the graffiti art collector

This week, we feature a post from one of our Collections Interns, Houda Lazrak. As shared in a post from earlier this year, artist and collector Martin Wong donated his … Continue reading

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Painting the Town Black

In the 1970s, graffiti emerged as a powerful form of self-expression on New York City streets. Our recent exhibition City as Canvas offered a window into the origins of this movement, and its evolution as graffiti artists like Lee … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Jack Stewart and the documentation of early graffiti writing

When graffiti first began to appear on subway cars in New York City in the late 1960s, Jack Stewart (1926-2005) became one of the first, along with Jon Naar, to photograph … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Highlights from the City Museum’s Graffiti Collection

When painter Martin Wong moved to New York City from San Francisco in 1978, he marveled at what many others considered a blight – graffiti scrawled on the surfaces of … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

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