California Center for the Arts Trustees Defend Street Artwork Critical of Police


Controversial installation
The artwork has created controversy in Escondido and intensive news protection. Picture from NBC 7 broadcast

The trustees of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on Wednesday defended an exhibition of Southern California street artwork that included a piece critical of police.

An installation in the exhibit by street artist Richard Wyrgatsch II, who is recognized as OG Slick, involved sculptures of pigs dancing in front of an image of police in riot gear.

The piece drew rapid criticism from Escondido’s mayor and law enforcement chief, and prompted a distinctive conference of the artwork center’s board.

“The board voted to go on CCAE’s assist of the Street Legacy: SoCal Model Masters exhibition and of the set up in issue without having getting rid of, masking or in any other case modifying it,” stated Board Chair Sara Matta. 

“Since opening final Friday, the exhibition has acquired an overwhelmingly constructive response, despite the fact that a person set up has sparked passionate dialogue,” she said. 

Matta stated the board will convene a series of conversations involving the exhibit curators, artists, city leaders, community teams and others to deal with the controversy.

“As a neighborhood-serving group, CCAE has the possibility to embrace and mirror numerous local community viewpoints and convey individuals collectively to learn, make and rejoice the visible and carrying out arts,” she stated.

The exhibition, which operates until eventually Aug. 28, incorporates graffiti, avenue artwork, skateboarding, surfing, tattoos, hip hop, breaking, punk, lowriders and custom made culture.


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