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Beautiful Losers:
Contemporary Art and Street Culture

November 4 – December 17, 2005
USF Contemporary Art Museum

Symposium | Angela Boatwright, Ryan McGinness and Christian Strike
Friday, November 4, 10am–Noon, MC270, USF Marshall Center, Free

Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture is an exhibition of multi-media art and design that explores the recent work of a diverse group of visual artists that have emerged from aspects of street culture loosely organized around the subcultures of skateboarding, graffiti, punk, and hip-hop in urban U.S. cities. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, photography, film, video and performance by thirty individuals who have emerged over the last decade. This exhibition chronicles a 30-year span of multi-disciplinary street artists creating a generational lineage as well as important contributors Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness and Clare E. Rojas. The exhibition also examines the work of cultural producers who had a direct influence on the development of this generation of artists, including Jean Michel-Basquiat, Larry Clark, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol.


Shepard Fairey, OBEY GIANT,

Beautiful Losers has been organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Guest curated by Aaron Rose and Christian Strike with Réne de Guzman, Thom Collins and Matt Distel.

Glen E. Friedman, Minor Threat at Dischord House,
Arlington, VA, 1983. Lambda print

This exhibition is made possible by the Members and Corporate Partners of USFCAM, the Skatepark of Tampa, and with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

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