MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch introduces the show before a decommissioned MTA bus customized by Los Angeles graffiti artist RISK.
A timeline that runs the length of the show highlights important moments in the movement, like the emergence of Wild Style in New York in the early 1980s.
Wild Style mural by Zephyr, Revolt, Sharp, 1983; front: Doze, Frosty Freeze, Ken
The graffiti of New York-based icon Lee Quiñones.
LEE, Lion’s Den, Lower East Side, New York City, 1980, photo by Martha Cooper
The show features a re-creation of the legendary Fun Gallery, complete with faux-storefront.
Patti Astor at Keith Haring’s Fun Gallery Show, 1983, photo by Eric Kroll
The rise of Cholo graffiti began in L.A. with artists like Chaz Bojorquez.
Chaz Bojorquez, Señor Suerte tag with ‘veterano/veterana’ roll calls, Arroyo Seco River, Los Angeles, 1975, photo by Blades Bojorquez
Photographer Gusmano Cesaretti was one of the first photographers to document the movement on the west coast.
Chaz Bojorquez running in a backstreet near Whittier Blvd. in East Los Angeles, 1974, photo by Gusmano Cesaretti
Skateboarding is a theme throughout the show, with skate photographs and films papering the walls and galleries.
Jose Gallan (Skating on the border with ‘veteranos de Sotel’ observing), 1975, photo by Craig R. Stecyk
A poster wall installed at the show featuring designs by Craig R. Stecyk III, who documented the rise of skateboarding and surfing in the Dogtown neighborhood of Santa Monica.
At the show's entrance, a working skate park designed by skater Lance Mountain and L.A. artist Geoff McFetridge featured skaters from the Nike SB team.
The Cosmic Cavern installed by artist Kenny Scharf includes hundreds of found objects, toys, and pieces of trash painted in neon, black-lit colors.
One of the few female artists included in the show, the late Margaret Killgallen's work is featured as a re-installation. The San Francisco-based artist died in 2001 at age 33.
An entire subversive room decorated by the elusive street artist Banksy.
Neckface's gallery is a scummy, picture-perfect New York back alley.
The ethereal laser-cut paper sculpture by Brooklyn-based Swoon is tucked into a tent.
One of the most visually-overwhelming spaces is Street Market, a re-creation of a show at Deitch Projects in 2000. Steve Powers, Todd James, Barry McGee, and Alexis Ross constructed three square blocks of storefronts and signage with dizzying
Complete with graffiti-obsessed animatronic kids.
The show also includes many international artists like the Brazilian twins Os Gemeos, known for their large-scale, cartoon-like figures.
Os Gemeos, Untitled, São Paulo, Brazil, 2009, photo by Ignacio Aronovich / LOST ART
The tattoo artist Mister Cartoon transformed a beat-up ice cream truck which sits in a room ringed by photos of Cholo street art.
Mister Cartoon, 1963 International Ice Cream Truck, 2010, Urethane enamel candy painted freehand on truck