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PANTHEON Opens On Street, Skewville Gives a Review

The PANTHEON show in the windows of the former Donnell Library across from MoMA on 53rd Street in Manhattan opened with a lot of fanfare and excitement on Saturday night. Within minutes of the unveiling of the giant windows there were clusters of tourists and art fans and regular New Yorkers gathering around the brightly lit windows to inspect the collection of a small sampling of the work by graff and Street Art artists during the last 40 years in New York.

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The huge and amazing installation by the 907 Crew entitled “907 Was An Inside Joke”, taken by Super Kate NYC. See more of her pics on her Flickr site here. (image © SuperKateNYC)

At the Hilton across 6th Avenue a packed lounge of artists and press and honored guests and looky-loos were milling around and celebrating the opening while a live streaming discussion of the event and interviews with organizers and artists took place on screens and online. The grassroots organized and run show will be open to the public for the next week and a half, 24 hours a day.

One of the peeps on the street looking at the show was wiseacre Ad Deville of Skewville (below), who posed in front of PANTHEON and offered this succinct assessment.

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907 Crew “907 was an inside joke” Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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907 Crew “907 was an inside joke” Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NohJColey. “Before Columbus” Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NohJColey. “Before Columbus” Detail  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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PANTHEON : A Photo Essay

PANTHEON: A history of art from the streets of New York City is a labor of love.

This Saturday the PANTHEON mounts a show seen from the street, bringing visual story from the last 40 years of graffiti and Street Art alive in a space that once housed a city library across from the Museum of Modern Art on 53rd Street.  Like the real shows we follow on the public thoroughfare, this one is also open 24 hours a day.

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An ambitious project spearheaded by Daniel Feral and Joyce Manalo, PANTHEON is truly grassroots, an academic and historic presentation by people who love it and study it and create it. Funded by modest personal contributions to their Kickstarter campaign, the show’s mission is to foster future understanding of how graffiti and Street Art has claimed a place as catalyst in the culture through it’s own wild and wooly evolution on the margins and in the mainstream.  A small selection of some of the players on this now global scene, the resulting exhibit aims to be an un-hyped insight into the experience by people who are more concerned with the art than who collects it.

As their media partner, BSA got a behind the scenes peek at many of the pieces that will be shown and here is a photo essay by our own Jaime Rojo. These rich and storied detail shots will hopefully incite your imagination and peak your interest to check out the street show in person.

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907 Crew. Sadue, Gen2, Oze108, Droid, Goya, UFO “907 Was an Inside Joke” Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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907 Crew. Sadue, Gen2, Oze108, Droid, Goya, UFO “907 Was an Inside Joke” Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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907 Crew. Sadue, Gen2, Oze108, Droid, Goya, UFO “907 Was an Inside Joke” Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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907 Crew. Sadue, Gen2, Oze108, Droid, Goya, UFO “907 Was an Inside Joke” Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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907 Crew. Sadue, Gen2, Oze108, Droid, Goya, UFO “907 Was an Inside Joke” Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Infinity. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Abe Lincoln Jr.  Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adam VOID. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cake. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cassius Fouler.  Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Darkclouds.  Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ellis G. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Faro. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Freedom. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Matt Siren. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OverUnder. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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John Ahearn. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rigoberto Torres. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NohjColey. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Quel Beast Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Royce Bannon. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stikman.  Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Toofly. Detail (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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PANTHEON:
A history of art from the streets of New York City

Windows exhibition runs April 2-17, 2011
On view 24 hours a day

EXHIBITION LOCATION
chashama at the Donnell
20 West 53rd Street, b/w 5th & 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019 (across from MoMA)

PRESS EVENT – RSVP ONLY*
Saturday, April 2, 4-5 PM

PRIVATE RECEPTION – RSVP ONLY*

Saturday, April 2, 6-8 PM

* To attend either event, please email rsvp@pantheonnyc.com or call 646-269-9494. Location details will be announced at the latest by Saturday morning.

ARTISTS
Abe Lincoln, Jr., John Ahearn and Rigorberto Torres, Adam VOID, Cassius Fouler, Cake, Darkclouds, Droid, El Celso, Ellis Gallagher, Faro, John Fekner and Don Leicht, Freedom, Gen2, Goya, Groser, Richard Hambleton, infinity, KET, LSD-Om, Matt Siren, NohJColey, OverUnder, Oze 108, Quel Beast, Royce Bannon, Sadue, Jordan Seiler, Stikman, Toofly, UFO, and Vudu.
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Ad Hoc Art And Chashama Present: “Unified Love Moment” (Manhattan, NY)

Ad Hoc Art
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On October 29th, 2010 from 6-8pm, Garrison and Alison Buxton invite you to come celebrate the unveiling of their Unified Love Movement installation across from the MoMA at 20 West 53rd St. The Buxtons are honored to manifest their latest vision on Halloween weekend via chashama’s “Windows at Donnell” program. The exhibition runs October 29th – November 28th, 2010 and is viewable 24/7. This visual fruit is timely and ripe for viewing.
ABOUT THE INSTALLATION:

As our modern world goes totally bananas, Unified Love Movement is all about increasing unity, positivity, acceptance, growth, and, yes, love. For this installation, the Buxtons invited two of NYC’s artistic gems on board to help blow the doors off the outdated religious school bus. Leo Villareal, brilliant blinkity-blink LED maverick, and Scott Draves, creator of the mesmerizing Electric Sheep entities, lend their brilliance to the mix.

Unified Love Movement portrays four figures from four of the world’s faiths – Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Each is transmitting their love, energy, and prayer to their respective godheads. Though superficial differences do exist, these religions share profound similarities at their cores, including messages of tolerance, sharing, compassion, forgiveness, and infinite love. To depict the infinite openness of the divine without overusing conventional religious references, the Buxtons chose to represent Metatron, the celestial scribe and messenger of the divine, in its sacred geometric form. Emanating from the center of the exhibit, the geometric LED array of Villareal subtly pulses cool white light while Draves’ vivid, bleeding-edge Electric Sheep projections undulate infinitely colored waves over all who choose to engage.

Unified Love Movement is the Buxtons’ foremost project to date, inviting the viewer to participate and contribute to its spiritual expansiveness by realizing the innate commonality of our human experience and then caring enough to do something about it. Perhaps we can then put our minds and hearts together to create a better world.

Garrison and Alison extend a special, huge thank you to chashama and MMT for their very generous support of this project, which would not have happened without them. The contributions of many keep the world lively.
{http://chashama.org / http://mmt.com}

An injustice to anyone is an injustice to everyone. As above, so below. Love eternal.

Many thanks and our best to you.

The Buxtons

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