Events

American Graffiti

A buxom Native American woman in full headdress bats her enormous eyes at you from a tattoo. Brick walls reveal skeletons driving plum-colored cars or double-fisting bottles of agua del fuego amid roses. And on the side of a building, a three-story Madonna stands before a rosette window of spray-painted glass and glances down knowingly.

These are the kinds of images you’ll find on display at "The Nitty Gritty," a reunion show for paint-slingers who contributed to the bi-annual exhibitions of street art and graffiti culture that took place at Phoenix’s Tonatierra Center from 1998 to 2003.

The installation features works by Armando Rascon, Pablo Luna, Lalo Cota and others. From the unfamiliar alleys of the past to the brightly tagged future, it’s bound to have you climbing the walls (or, at least, wanting to assault them with color) -- even if you don’t know wheatpaste from shredded wheat.


May 20-June 17; Fri., June 17, 7-10 p.m., 2011
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Nicholas Gerbis