If street art is found within the walls of a museum, can we still find something in this vibrant international art movement that can be respected as critical and exceptional art? This exhibition, driven by the street artists themselves, is a distillation of the spontaneity, spirit of collaboration, accessibility and social consciousness from which street art has emerged. Housepaint at the Institute for Contemporary Culture (ICC) at the ROM is the first exhibition of street art in a major Canadian museum, an open-ended exhibition and experiment. Through the run of the exhibition, every month-and-a-half another street artist will be invited to respond and add to the canvas houses from Tent City and the previous art work in the sequence -- layering the exhibition with meaning and building organic connections between the works. At the end of the exhibition, the canvas houses will be auctioned for Habitat for Humanity Toronto.
STARSHIP / GENE PENDON (HVW8) | SPECTER / GABRIEL REESE | ROYAL / DIXON / JUAN CARLOS NORIA | OTHER / DEREK SHAMUS MEHAFFEY | LEASE / LISA MANSFIELD | FAUXREEL / DAN BERGERON | EVOKE / PATRICK THOMPSON | ELICSER ELLIOT | EGR / ERICA GOSICH ROSE | DSTRBO / DAN BULLER (HVW8) | CASE / RYAN MACKEEN | CANT 4 / AMANDA MARIE
ICC Guest Curator
Starting December 13th, 2008
Institute of Contemporary Culture
Roloff Beny Gallery, 4th Floor
Royal Ontario Museum