The Street Museum of Art Teams Up with Station16
to Turn Montreal’s Plateau Neighborhood into an Illegal Street Art Exhibition
The Street Museum of Art (SMoA) has teamed up Station16 for the launch of Dans la Rue, a public exhibition of the illegal art found around Montréal’s Plateau, Fall 2013. Mapped out by the placement of SMoA’s museum labels, Dans la Rue guides visitors around the back alleys and side streets of Montréal to highlight the work of 12 local artists — Bfour, Gawd, Labrona, Listen Bird, Omen, Produkt, Rage5, Scaner, Stikki Peaches, Waxhead, WIA (aka whatisadam) and Wzrds Gang. A launch party will be hosted by Station16 Gallery in conjunction with their current exhibition NYC meets MTL — 3523 Boul. Saint-Laurent on Thursday, October 17 from 6:00-9:00pm.
After MURAL Festival transformed Saint-Laurent Boulevard this summer with a series of commissioned murals, Dans la Rue: Montréal takes visitors through the neighborhood once again to rediscover what was already there. Including only the work of local artists — this exhibition celebrates the fleeting, subversive and DIY nature of the street art and graffiti movements. While the work may vary in medium — from spray paint and wheat pastes to installations and even wax drawings — the execution is the same. Each piece was placed on the street, for the public, without permission, transforming the neighborhood into the artists’ very own outdoor gallery.
Dans la Rue marks the first of SMoA’s international exhibitions to focus on the local artists working in a selection of cities worldwide. The Street Museum of Art is hitting the road and partnering with guest curators in each location to emphasize the unique talent, styles and techniques associated with their local street art scenes. Traditional museums organize major blockbuster exhibitions to travel the work of international artists; the Street Museum of Art is taking the concept of the museum directly to the cities that these artists call home.
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Founded in 2012, The Street Museum of Art (SMoA) challenges previous methods of exhibiting street art. By bringing the concept of the museum outdoors, SMoA encourages visitors to physically walk through their city and experience each piece within its original context, on the street. Much like the essential nature of street art, The Street Museum of Art is ephemeral; the duration of the exhibitions is entirely reliant on external forces and the reaction of the public.
Located in downtown Montreal, Station16 Gallery showcases the work of local and international graffiti and street artists. Operating for a decade as a respected print shop, the gallery opened its doors to the public in June 2013 in conjunction with Montreal’s first MURAL Festival. With this collaborative exhibition, Station 16 continues its global expansion.