For decades, a war has been fought over graffiti between “taggers,” the people who write graffiti, and city authorities. Now that graffiti has its own exhibition in a New York museum, it looks like graffiti can finally come in off the streets.
Through Sept. 3, the Brooklyn Museum is organizing a show called “Graffiti” featuring 22 giant works painted on everything from fabrics to subway doors. All the pieces were submitted by collector Sidney Janis, who gathered them over the past decade.
The exhibit also features two blank walls for visitors to experiment with their own graffiti designs.
“Graffiti has become a legitimate art form, appearing in galleries and private collections. Witness the transformations,” the museum announces in a statement greeting visitors.
For the Brooklyn Museum, this exhibition is also a chance to bring new people into the museum.
“It's part of the museum's mission to reach out to all of our audience, not just the traditional museum audience, but to reach out to a new audience that might not necessarily think of coming to the museum,” said spokeswoman Sally Williams.
Brooklyn Museum is trying “to serve the underserved audience,” she said. Graffiti has been a popular sight in New York since the 1960s, but it became much less common during the 1990s, and has all but vanished from the subway system after the city covered subway cars in a coating that spray-paint won't stick to.
But graffiti has made a small comeback in the past couple of years after taggers started making their markings with acid -- forcing city hall to pass a law making it illegal to sell acid to anyone under 21.
1. exhibition n.
展覽 (zhan3 lan3)
例: The city of LA hosted a food exhibition to show the world what its restaurants had to offer.
2. submit v.i./v.t.
呈遞 (cheng2 di4)
例: Please submit your papers by Monday.
3. legitimate adj.
合法的 (he2 fa3 de5)
例: Unless you have a legitimate excuse, you must take the exam.
4. witness v.t.
目擊 (mu4 ji2)
例: I witnessed the accident, so I had to talk to the police.
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