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Henry Chalfant’s All City – Classic Street Art – Art in the Streets

December 28th, 2012 by @misterlego

This is a great snapshot of the early days of the street art culture. Shot in the early 80′s by photographer and graff historian Henry Chalfant, All City was shelved due to a lack of funding. It was recently dusted off for MOCA’s Art In The Streets exhibition.

Director Henry Chalfant introduces his film All City (1983), which grew out of an idea to do a youth TV program about Hip Hop and other cultural phenomena of interest to young urbanites. The program was never realized, but the trailer grew into a portrait of the different elements of Hip Hop in the mid-80s. The venue is Fashion Moda, a popular art gallery on Third Avenue in the Bronx. There is a demonstration of Bboying, and Rap, followed by a discussion, hosted by Spank TC5, about art and culture with important graffiti artists of the time including Dondi, Butch, Mare and Brim. The video includes a montage of murals by Henry Chalfant and a Pop and Lock lesson by Mr. Wiggles. It features the young Bboy crew, VTB, The Very Tough Breakers.

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