See What Happens When A Museum Lets Artists Do Whatever They Want

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Like tattoos, street art is still looked down upon by some.

But this museum did something to show us just how deserving street art as the framed ones in countless exhibits worldwide. This is what happens when a museum lets artists do whatever they want within their walls.

by illustrator Aaron Horkey
by illustrator Aaron Horkey

The Long Beach Museum of Art invited several artists — graffiti artists, illustrators, installation artists, among many others — to come over. The museum gave them spaces in the building's walls to go over and do whatever they want with the walls. It resulted to some spectacular things. They started working on the project, titled “Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape,” in June 26 this year.

by graffiti artist Saber
by graffiti artist Saber

They museum will be showcasing the works of various talented artists from different fields including Audrey Kawasaki, Cryptik, James Bullough, Alex Yanes, and many more. The artists have used an array of medias,   The exhibit will be open for a couple weeks until September 27, 2015.

“One of the goals behind Vitality and Verve is to spotlight artists who are stepping out of their studios to paint on a grand scale using outdoor walls as their canvas as well as urban artists who are beginning to work in a traditional studio setting,” explains Ron Nelson, Executive Director of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

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“Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition,” says LBMA Executive Director Ron Nelson. “Therefore, it is important for art enthusiasts to see this amazing exhibition before it closes.”

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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