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Tabula Rasa | Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence
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The forgotten origins of the modern graffiti and street art movements in late 1960s and early ‘70s New York and Philadelphia are the focus of Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence (Roger Gastman, 2016, 77 min). This feature-length documentary explores not only early graffiti writing but also the young writers who created it and the larger cultural forces that drove them to write. After the film, director Roger Gastman will join MIKE-171, Wicked Gary, and COCO 144, three legendary graffiti writers featured in the film, for a talkback on stage.
This film appears as part of Smile, It’s Your Close Up, a film series, co-programmed with Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Maysles Documentary Center, that zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?” Each program includes an introduction or conversation with filmmakers or other notable guests.
Tickets include museum admission.