Vitality and Verve: Urban Art In Long Beach
The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) invited urban wall art into their institution and it has blown people away. The exhibit, which opened June 27, features murals and multi-media installations by established and emerging artists. Vitality and Verve at the museum is one of several locations in Long Beach this summer featuring mural art. The art was painted, with permission, on walls around downtown and nearby locations as part of an inaugural art festival Pow! Wow! Long Beach 2015.
According to Museum Executive Director Ron Nelson, “One of the goals behind Vitality and Verve is to spotlight artists who are stepping out of their studios to paint on a grand scale using outdoor walls as their canvas as well as urban artists who are beginning to work in a traditional studio setting.”
The museum’s exhibit features powerful images described by them as ” meticulous renderings, hyper-realistic imagery and patterns and the gestural strokes that the assert the diversity in a fully immersive experience.” In other words, your mind and soul will be moved.
In the interview, Ron Nelson describes the impact the exhibit is having on an older venerable institution like LBMA.
It’s great to experience the vitality of an art form that has worked hard to be taken seriously by many art critics and city residents. Several years ago, urban art at Homeland Cultural Center on Anaheim Street was painted over after complaints from some quarters that it was encouraging graffiti. The exhibit at LBMA and the Pow! Wow! murals now around town shows how far we’ve come.
If you want to experience the urban art of Vitality and Verve, you’ll need to get to the museum before September 27th. Once the exhibition ends, the walls will be repainted and prepared for the next exhibition.
The museum is located at 2300 East Ocean Blvd. You can visit their website at www.lbma.org for more information.