The Institute of Contemporary Art (The ICA)
We went to see ShepardFairey’s exhibit “Supply and Demand”.
The pieces included political messages, portraits of musicians and social activists, and
images of other social propaganda.
We surveyed people in the museum who were observing the art. One man who worked
there said he has known Shepard for a long time and seen his art around Boston. He
didn’t think his art should be in a museum and thought it was stronger in the street.
Our reaction was similar because we weren’t allowed to take pictures in the museum of
the artwork that was free all over the city, and the world.
A lot of us realized that we were actually familiar with Fairey’s work, without knowing it.
Three of us even had clothing with his symbols on it.
Everyone’s reaction was “I want to do that!” or “how do you do that?”.
It truly inspired all of us.
So we decided to interview people in the gallery
as we did on the street, to see how the impact of
the art changeddepending upon the environment.
But we also just wanted to see how it made us
feel in different places.
We met a street artist.teSSo cool.
He gave us a personal tour of The Wall.
He told us about the artists, and gave us a social context for street art.
He was a business man in business dress!
Through the back kitchen door
up steep stairs
through a dark room
up a spiral staircase
to the roof!
We deconstructed advertisements.
We investigated censorship and bias in the media.
We compared the value of street art to the value of the same art on
the walls of a museum.
We believe that street art is powerful.
If you can find it.
Colorful, meaningful, entertaining life
altering experiences. overall hella cool
that makes you think about things you
normally don‟t think about.
ShepardFairey’s home page
Shepard’s exhibit at the ICA
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Jordan Elliott-King-senior leader
We all worked on the final presentation.