The Miami-based street art collective Primary Flight will visit North Carolina from April 18th to May 8th to create a mural for the Spring Garden underpass section of downtown Greensboro’s Greenway–a 4 mile bike trail that circles the city being developed with a strong public art emphasis. Commissioned by the NC Arts Council, the mural will add a significant contemporary work to Greensboro’s public art landscape and beautify the underpass for trailgoers and drivers alike. A series of events–movies, lectures, and a public opening–will provide opportunities to meet the artists and learn more about street art as a medium and movement.
The Primary Flight project is co-produced by The Downtown Greenway and Elsewhere–a living museum and international artist project set in a former thrift store on South Elm Street–who will provide a base of operations for these artists during their time in Greensboro. The new mural will cover the seven currently gray Spring Garden Underpass platforms that support the highway above with bright lines and colors inspired by a Bauhaus building in Greensboro and the “movement” theme for this section of the trail. Events (listed below) will share the depth and breadth of street art practices with Greensboro audiences and participants, broadening exposure and understanding of their collaborative public practice while bringing together four exceptional Greensboro non-profit creative initiatives.
A group of 15 high school students will work with the artists to complete the mural as part of Elsewhere’s CoLab after school
program, an initiative engaging high school students in civic actions that explore and beautify the public realm.
Volunteers from throughout Greensboro will support the crew and continue to maintain this section of the trail.
The opening event on May 6 from 2-5 will host Chairman Rocco Landsman of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as music, a beer garden, a six-person bicycle, and an interactive section of the mural completed by visitors over the course of the afternoon.
MOVIE: Exit through the Gift Shop
Wed April 18 7:30-9:30 ($5 at door) Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret A French immigrant obssessed with street art rises to fame, a Banksy film
MOVIE: Beautiful Losers
Wed April 25 7:30-9:30pm ($5 at door) Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret A documentary following a collective group of DIY artists who affected the art world
LECTURE: Primary Flight
Thurs April 26 7-8pm Weatherspoon Art Museum A traditional artist talk exploring the work of these Miami-based artists
CONVERSATION: Primary Flight
Wed May 2 8:30-9:30pm Elsewhere. A sidewalk conversation with Primary Flight held inElsewhere’s front window theater, moderated by Stephanie Sherman (Elsewhere) and Barbara Peck (Downtown Greenway)
Sun May 6 2-5pm Downtown Greenway. Greenway at Morehead Park (Spring Garden St & Spring/Edgeworth overpasses) APRIL 5, 2012. Greensboro, NC (2 of 2) Miami-based Street Art Group Primary Flight visits Greensboro to create a new Mural for the Downtown Greenway
About Primary Flight
Primary Flight is a collaborative curatorial organization dedicated to the production of site-specific, street-level and indoor, murals and installations. Since its inception in 2007, Primary Flight has brought together more than 150 of the world’s most influential artists to install their work live. Primary Flight initiated the revitalization of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood through a series of outdoor murals created during Art Basel Miami by globally renowned street artists including Shepard Fairey, Retna, and Aiko. While Primary Flight boasts an impressive repertoire of works in galleries, museums, and most prevalently on the sides of buildings around the globe, Greensboro is pleased to host Primary Flight for their first public commission. (primaryflight.com)
About The Downtown Greenway
The Downtown Greenway is a 4-mile long loop that links neighborhoods across Greensboro through public art, sustainable transporation, and unprecedented greenspace. (downtowngreenway.com)
Elsewhere is a living museum set within a former thrift store. Elsewhere builds new futures from old things through creative projects, education initiatives, public works, and imaginative collaborations global artists that enliven and inspire downtown Greensboro. (goelsewhere.org)**
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