There’s really too much to say about this show that’s up (until tomorrow) at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, so for now I’m just going to snag a snippet from their site and post a bunch of sweet photos.
From the Viva la RevoluciÃ³n page:
For the first time in history, the majority of the worldâ€™s population lives in urban communities. The urban setting and its corresponding lifestyle are major sources of inspiration in contemporary culture. This is an historic revolution in visual culture, in which the codes and icons of the everydayâ€”found on the streets in graffiti, signage, waste, tattoos, advertising, and graphic designâ€”have been appropriated and used as an integral part of contemporary art-making. The urban landscape inspires and serves as both a platform for innovation and a vehicle for expression for many artists. The city itself, its buildings, vehicles, people, and advertisements, are not only the surface where the art is applied. The city fuels the practice.
A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la RevoluciÃ³n: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape features works both in the Museumâ€™s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.
The exhibition includes a diverse range of 20 artists from 10 countries that are linked together by how their work addresses urban issues — Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), Mark Bradford (U.S.), William Cordova (U.S.), Date Farmers (U.S.), Stephan Doitschinoff [CALMA] (Brazil), Dr. Lakra (Mexico), Dzine (Puerto Rico), David Ellis (U.S.), FAILE (Canada), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Barry McGee (U.S.), Ryan McGinness (U.S.), Moris (Mexico), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).
Viva la RevoluciÃ³n: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape is curated by guest curator Pedro Alonzo and MCASD Associate Curator LucÃa SanromÃ¡n. The show runs through 1/2/2011.
A few of the day’s photos: