The first, Tribeca Loft Perspective (March 8, from 4-9 pm/March 9 − 11 open from 2-6 pm) offers a rare glimpse at a surviving TriBeCa arts artelier with a visit to a loft exhibit and a short video screening of “TriBeCa: Looking at the Gentrification from the Artist’s Perspective.” The documentary in progress focuses on the evolution of the predominantly artist’s working loft neighborhood. This creative atmosphere is documented in the video piece by Gigi and Rodrigo Salomon, highlighting the “pioneer artist” who came to TriBeca between 1960 and 1980. The free event, including a loft exhibit installation co-curated by Frank Gerard Godlewski, a lecture by historian Oliver Allen and a performance art piece, is presented at the historic Shields/Salomon loft on Leonard Street, 4th floor.
If street arts are more your thing, NYC STREET ART, WRITING and GRAFFITI at 5POINTZ, (Friday, March 9, 2-6 pm/Tour every hour – 2, 3, 4, 5 pm) intends to let artists speak (or write) for themselves on their own turf with a visit to 5 Pointz, an amazing Graffiti mecca. Forty years ago these artists did their works on subway cars and city walls. Today, the art form has transferred to “Legal Walls” canvases and “Spraying Galleries.” Discover 5 Pointz ever changing outdoor gallery, meet Meres One, curator and legendary Graff artist, and witness the process as walls get done. Also see collective works by legendary writers like MICO, Lava I & II, Bama, Clyde, REE, Flint, King – 2 and Echo1 curated by Frank Gerard Godlewski. Free event, 45-46 Davis Street, Long Island City, NY. Meeting point, check in at the office by the loading dock.
By the way, street art fans, in case you missed it, The Simpsons spoofed Banksy’s 2010 film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” in last night’s episode, “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart.”