Our friends over at Thinkspace and POW! WOW! just released this short film directed by Jordan Ahern documenting their landmark exhibition Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach(LBMA). The short film runs nearly 27 minutes and documents the entire exhibition from start to finish along with enlightening interviews with Craola, James Bullough, Meggs, Saber and Tristan Eaton.
The massive exhibition ran from June 27th – October 25th, 2015 and was put together by the LBMA, Thinkspace and POW! WOW! 1xRUN Creative Director Dan Armand and Contributing Writer Miya Tsukazaki were on hand for the show, check out photos and a recap of this landmark show here and see the short film below to get a behind the scenes look at this landmark exhibition…
The massive exhibition featured large scale murals and installations from Aaron Horkey, Alex Yanes, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Brandon Shigeta, Cryptik, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hot Tea, James Bullough, Jeff Soto, John S. Culqui, Low Bros, Meggs, Nosego, Nychos, Saber and Tristan Eaton, as well as exhibited gallery works from Amanda Marie, Andrew Hem, Angry Woebots, Bumblebeelovesyou, C215, Carl Cashman, Curiot, EINE, Ekundayo, Gaia, Hueman, James Marshall, Jason Thielke, Jeremy Fish, Know Hope, Labrona, Mark Dean Veca, Matt Small, Meggs, So Youn Lee, Tatiana Suarez, Troy Lovegates, Will Barras, Word To Mother and Yoskay Yamamoto.
‘”Game changer.” Typically a tenuous statement at art exhibition openings, these very words — along with an array of synonyms — were appropriately repeated throughout the Long Beach Museum of Art‘s opening of Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape last Friday. The collaborative exhibition, in partnership with Thinkspace‘s Andrew Hosner, and POW! WOW!‘s Jasper Wong birthed a new echelon for contemporary art. These pioneers achieved precisely what they set out to do and possibly more than they ever could have envisioned. In fact, the event yielded some major buzz, with predictions that it’s just the beginning – a new chapter for ‘the movement.’” Miya Tsukazaki wrote of the exhibition. Read more and check out photos from Tsukazaki’s recap of Vitality and Verve here.