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Our Gilded Age

Keith Haring (1958-1990) and Angel “LA2” Ortiz (b. 1967) Untitled (Male Bust), 1983 Ink and Dayglo paint on ceramic 34 x 23 x 9 inches Private collection

Urban Art Evolution

March 23 – July 7, 2024

The Nassau County Museum of Art proudly presents: Urban Art Evolution on March 23 through July 7, 2024. Guest curated by art collector and gallerist Christopher Pusey, this comprehensive exhibition features a diverse range of compositions from the 1980’s through the present by creators who were based in the rough and tumble downtown area of New York City known as Loisaida/LES (Lower East Side/East Village) and close surrounding neighborhoods. Artists pushed the boundaries of what was considered “art” with a primary focus on street/graffiti art. The exhibition’s scope, however, offers an even broader view from other creative residents, who worked inside their studios but still contributed to the rich fabric of the downtown art scene from different vantage points and aesthetics. Works include sculpture, paintings, photography, music, and ephemera from many of the most noted and influential artists of this pivotal time in art history.

“I believe the important inspiration to focus on for the curation of the Urban Art Evolution will be the Zeitgeist moment that the urban art & music scene is currently enjoying. With the 50th anniversary of “birth of hip-Hop” music and the recent 40th celebration for the release of the seminal film on the graffiti art movement: Wild Style, the time is now to exhibit the works of the pioneering visual artists that were on the cutting edge of urban inspired contemporary art. The timeline for the curation goes back to the early 1980’s when I was a young art dealer witnessing the confluence of theses genres with film, music and art all cross pollinating and influencing each other in immeasurable ways. The NCMA exhibition features more than 35 of these diverse visual artists and their impact on and contributions to the downtown New York art scene – then and now.” – Christopher Pusey

Among the artists included are:

Jean-Michel Basquiat 

Mike Bidlo 

Scot Borofsky 

James Brown 

Christopher Hart Chambers 

Martha Cooper 

Linus Coraggio 

John “CRASH” Matos 


Ronnie Cutrone

Christopher “DAZE” Ellis

Al Diaz

Jane Dickson

Donald “Dondi” White

Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite

Judy Glantzman

Rodney Alan Greenblat

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Richard Hambleton

Keith Haring 

Eric Haze 

Ken Hiratsuka 

Kiely Jenkins 

Mark Kostabi 

Angel “LA2” Ortiz 

Stephen Lack 

Hank O’Neal 

Tom Otterness 

Ricky Powell

Rick Prol

Lee Quiñones

Judy Rifka

Walter Robinson

James Romberger

Kenny Scharf

Tseng Kwong Chi

David Wojnarowicz

Martin Wong

Stephen Lack (b. 1946) Wolves, 2023 Acrylic on canvas 58 x 74 inches Courtesy of the artist

David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992) The Burning House, n.d. Enamel and spray enamel on paper 20 x 20 inches Framed: 33 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches Collection of Stephen Snyder

Christopher “DAZE” Ellis (b. 1962), Autumn Sleep, 1989, Aerosol on canvas, 48 x 96 inches, Courtesy of ACA Galleries, New York

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