Brooklyn Museum Backs Out of ‘Art in the Streets’ Exhibition

Next stop: not Brooklyn. The much-buzzed about “Art in the Streets” exhibition (Banksy-subsidized admission! Limited-edition Nike sneakers designed by Geoff McFetridge!) won’t be coming to the Brooklyn Museum after all, the institution announced today. Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, where it is on view at the Geffen Contemporary through August 8, the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art had been scheduled to move to the Brooklyn Museum—its only other venue—from March 30 through July 8 of next year.

“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,” said Arnold L. Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum, in a statement released this afternoon. “It is with regret, therefore, that the cancellation became necessary due to the current financial climate. As with most arts organizations throughout the country, we have had to make several difficult choices since the beginning of the economic downturn three years ago.” Curated by MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch and associate curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, “Art in the Streets” traces the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Sao Paulo. No word as to whether MOCA will seek an alternate 2012 venue for the show—a mix of paintings, mixed media sculptures, and interactive installations—at this late date.