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This morning 5Pointz was largely deserted. There was hardly anyone in sight after a firestorm of online protest about the midnight buff that erased over a decade of graffiti and street art history in Long Island City.
Last night, a rally garnered some media attention and attracted new graffiti from activists and fans eager to keep the flame of 5Pointz alive. The protesters created a wall of messages to express their grief and anger, and the most popular scrawlings were “5Pointz: Rest in Power” “Beat the Buff!,” and “Fuck the Buff.” One of the cranes was covered with various messages and there is a new mural on a wall opposite 5 Pointz which declares “Rest in Power.”
The former panels, removed in 2017, featured images dedicated to Confederate Generals Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee.
One researcher, Jürgen Schick, estimated that over half of the region’s historical artworks have been stolen.
The Morgan Library & Museum Presents Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South
This exhibition celebrates the Morgan’s recent acquisition of drawings by Thornton Dial, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young.
The visual arts institution and educational center is located in the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.
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Part of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the Art Preserve also functions as a curated collection facility and is filled with immersive installations.