Thursday, July 20, 2023

Museum Street Art?

I recently came across the work of an Amsterdam-based Street Artist called Frankey (whose work is shown throughout this post.)

I was at turns inspired and delighted by everything I saw on Frankey's website and Instagram page, but his work also got me thinking about how (and why) museums might like to install Street Art around their neighborhoods.

I'm not talking about bringing exhibits or other museum tropes to the streets (which are often boring) but rather engaging with artists to create Street Art that ties back conceptually to a museum in some way.

There are some things that often set Street Art apart from museum exhibits or commissioned public art pieces:

Street Art tends to be whimsical, not serious.

Street Art slows people down and rewards them for careful observation. 

And Street Art tends to provide wonderful unexpected moments.

How could you leverage a Street Art approach for your museum or next exhibition project?

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