Photo by Asia Morris of Audrey Kawasaki’s mural.
Due to increased attendance and awareness, Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape, the Long Beach Museum of Art’s (LBMA) arguably most ambitious exhibition to date, will remain open to the public past its original September closing date until Sunday, October 25. The exhibit attracted an estimated 3,000 visitors to the After Dark event that marked its opening.
The exhibition focuses on current developments in the growing field of urban contemporary art and site-specific ephemeral murals and multi-media installations by established and emerging cutting-edge artists.
To put it lightly, the show has made waves intentionally and unintentionally. Most recently one of the murals, entitled Too Many Names by artist Saber, was used by Families for Justice to officially announce the launch of the activist organization, while Vitality and Verve was also one of several locations this summer that featured mural art, alongside the inaugural Pow! Wow! Long Beach in June.
Participating artists include Aaron Horkey, Andrew Schoultz, Brandon Shigeta, Cryptik, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, HOTTEA, James Bullough, Jeff Soto, John S. Culqui, Low Bros, Meggs, Nosego, Nychos, Tristan Eaton, and Jason Scroggin, while the Post was given the opportunity to interview Audrey Kawasaki, Esao Andrews, Alex Yanes and Brendan Monroe.
Vitality and Verve was made possible in collaboration with Thinkspace and Pow! Wow! For more information about the LBMA, click here.