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Wynwood Walls

Art as an Ignition for Change

October 20, 2016

Wynwood Walls

Dark, gritty, and desolate were words used to describe Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood in 2006. Wanting to revitalize the neighborhood, renowned place-maker, the late property developer and patron of the arts Tony Goldman, saw the natural vocabulary of Wynwood was its hand-painted signage, graphics, and graffiti. In 2009, Wynwood Walls began, arguably the nation’s only outdoor street art museum, open to the public without charge. Composed of six separate warehouses, the exterior walls serve as giant canvases for the greatest street art collection ever assembled in one place. In 2010, the Wynwood Doors were added in what was formerly a junkyard. The culmination of the project is the Wynwood Walls Garden, completed in December 2015. The project expands the privately owned and funded Wynwood Walls Garden to an incredible 45,000 square feet of open space in an urban core.

The project has evolved into a living Museum of the Streets, with new murals added each year, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Since its inception, the space has seen over 70 artists representing 18 countries who have covered over 85,000 square feet of walls, all at the center of a now thriving, diverse, and inspiring neighborhood.

Jessica Goldman Srebnick is the CEO of Goldman Properties and the founder of Goldman Global Arts (GGA), an organization that produces impactful, conceptual, and large-scale creative projects. GGA is dedicated to Miami’s emerging Wynwood Arts District, with a key focus on the vitality, aesthetic, and artistic components of all products created by the firm.

Tristan Eaton is a graffiti artist, street art muralist, illustrator, and toy designer. Eaton’s large-scale mural work features a meticulous, visual collage of pop imagery executed freehand with spray paint on a colossal scale and can be found in cities across the globe. His work is also part of the Museum of Modern Art NY’s permanent collection.

Kashink is one of the few active female artists in the French graffiti/street art scene. She wears a mustache and only paints men, preferably fat and hairy, looking like sensitive gangsters, alien-looking ogres, or shaman from ancient tribes. Inspired by both Hispanic and Slavic origins of pop art, her work considers issues of the absurdity of social interactions through the theme of masks and the various cultural traditions surrounding death.

Supported by the University of Michigan Institute for Humanities, Chelsea River Gallery.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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