"Crosstown Traffic"

Photo courtesy of Michael De Feo and Danziger Gallery New York City bus-stop shelter takeover, J. Crew, 2015


Thu., June 9, 5-7 p.m., Fri., June 10, 12 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28 2016

Location Info:

Rice University Art Gallery
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX  77005-1827
Somewhere along the line, street artist Michael De Feo – he of the minimalist daisies – crossed over into mainstream, with his work now being exhibited in museums and embraced by the fashion industry. For almost 25 years “The Flower Guy” illegally painted flowers in more than 60 cities around the world, stealing focus from nearby graffiti and interjecting a touch of welcomed and cheery color. He wasn't given the keys to the kingdom, but in 2014 he was given the keys to New York City advertising kiosks. He would free the large format fashion ads, take them back to his studio to add brightly colored brush strokes, then return them to different bus stops. The results were so well-received that he has since designed covers for the Neiman Marcus catalogue and launched his own line of scarves and wraps.

Now, for Rice University Art Gallery's summer window installation, where the space is closed but something cool always turns up on the gallery's glass wall, De Feo is creating custom floor to ceiling explosions of color. “He's going to be doing a site specific work for the window where he's blowing up the ads to kind of mimic the look of the bus stop kiosks," says Josh Fischer, curator. "He's not using the actual ads, but he'll be blowing them up to a large scale and then treating them in a similar way where he'll be painting over those posters.” Not long after “Crosstown Traffic” opens, a new film about the installation by Mark and Angela Walley will be on view in the lobby.

There's an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. June 9, with an artist talk at 6 p.m.; a gallery talk and luncheon are scheduled at noon on June 10. Regular viewing hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 28. 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-6069 or visit ricegallery.org. Free.


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