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Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Presents: “All Big Letters” A Group Exhibition (Philadelphia, PA)

Posted on January 20, 2017

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Date(s) - 01/20/2017
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Haverford College's Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Presents: "All Big Letters" A Group Exhibition (Philadelphia, PA)

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January 20–March 3, 2017
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery

370 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041

How far would you go for your art? Would you pick a lock? Scale a building? Risk arrest? Those are just some of the occupational hazards of a graffiti writer. And for the (mostly) kids who birthed and grew this contemporary folk art movement, the recognition is worth it. To illicitly spray paint a pseudonym on enough public spaces to earn a reputation requires taking risks, thinking creatively, and being resourceful. But to those outside the graffiti world, their work can be misunderstood or under appreciated. So the first show of 2017 in Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, ALL BIG LETTERS, showcases graffiti in an effort to demystify its tools and strategies.

The birth of the movement can be traced back roughly 50 years to when kids began “tagging” public spaces all over their hometowns of New York and Philadelphia. The illegal art form flourished in the late ’70s and early ’80s, and as visitors to any big city or small town in America today can see, it is still thriving. The tools, methods, and styles have evolved over time, but artists’ goals remain the same—to be seen and not to be seen, at the same time.

Curated by Vandalog Editor-in-Chief and Haverford alumnus RJ Rushmore ’14, ALL BIG LETTERS traces this history with photos of BLADE’s eye-catching pieces on subway trains from the ’70s hung near images depicting Philadelphia graffiti writers GANE and TEXAS at work earlier this decade. The exhibit also acknowledges and investigates the surprising variety of tools that artists use. Custom lock-picking sets crafted to open bus shelters and D.I.Y. supplies, including pressurized PVC pipes filled with paint, homemade markers, and a special spray can with bike mirror affixed to it, so artists can see what’s going on behind them, will all be on display, alongside the works those tools are used to create. ALL BIG LETTERS is less about the art of graffiti and more about the craft of writing it.

ALL BIG LETTERS is supported by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Brewerytown Street Art Walking Tour with Curator RJ Rushmore
2 p.m.
Meet at W Girard Ave & N 27th St, Philadelphia

Monday, February 6, 2017
Do-It- Yourself Zine Workshop with Adam VOID
4:30 p.m.
James House, Haverford College

The Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery is located on the first floor of the Whitehead Campus Center. Parking is available in the South lot directly south from the Campus Center. When entering the Campus Center on the ground floor you may either proceed to your right and up the stairs where the gallery will be directly ahead of you or left to the elevator and take that to 1F. When exiting the elevator you may proceed along the walkway just in front of you and the gallery will be straight ahead. View The Whitehead Campus Center on the Campus Map.

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