Graffiti 101: New York Subway Art of the 1970s and 80s
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm
In 1974, when he was just 14 years old, Chris Pape (aka Freedom) started painting murals in abandoned freight train tunnels under Riverside Park (see slideshow here). Join Pape, now a veteran graffiti artist and author, for an insider’s account of the New York City subway graffiti movement between 1969 and 1989, and a discussion of what it was like to stand in a tunnel with subway cars racing past while trying to paint a train. How did writers like Pape do it? How did the city stop it? What happened to graffiti art in New York once it moved off the trains?
Co-sponsored by Graff Tours and Mass Appeal and presented in conjunction with City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection.
Free for Museum members; $12 for students and seniors; $16 general public.
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