Former film critic and editor of the now-defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Writer of sorts. Houston native. Also: dancer, poet, fiddler.
Houston Graffiti Artist Gonzo247 to Open Street-Art Museum in 2016
Who says graffiti is vandalism? Well, sure, the law, I guess.
Nevertheless, street art has become increasingly respectable in art circles and in the eyes of the general public over the last few years, especially since 2010 when Banksy’s Oscar-nominated street-art film Exit Through the Gift Shop was released and Banksy was commissioned to do a Simpsons couch gag. In recent years, there have even been street-art exhibitions in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Museum of the City of New York, pushing graffiti ever closer to widespread respectability.
Houston street artist Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. wants to take that even further. With co-founding director Carolyn Casey-Figueroa, he just announced plans to open The Graffiti and Street Art Museum of Texas on January 1, 2016, which aims to celebrate the history of graffiti and street art in Houston and beyond by showcasing urban art from artists around the country, along with film installations and programming.
“The streets are always the best showcase, but it’s time for its own museum,” Figueroa told the Chron.
“I cannot claim that this is the first graffiti and street art museum, because the art forms have been making the streets their museum for decades,” Figueroa said in a press release. Of course, it really might be the first street-art museum in the U.S.—well, if the Mana Museum of Urban Arts in New Jersey hasn’t opened yet.
The Graffiti and Street Art Museum of Texas will open at Aerosol Warfare on Jefferson St. downtown on the first day of 2016. This is just a temporary location until the museum finds a permanent home.
“The ultimate goal is for it to have its own proper space,” Figueroa told the Chron. “We want to bring the world to Houston.”