Art ON the Hood

In an attempt to dodge the rain, I wove my way back from lunch near the Metreon, and turned down the side alley between the MoMA and the W hotel. This stretch of Natoma is the turn-around for the W’s valets, and is one of the access ways to the MoMA parking garage, as well as having a number of small print galleries and design firms that front onto it. I’m usually peeking into the windows of Aurobora Press, a fine art monotype print house with a small gallery space up front, but today my eye was drawn to the oddly familiar shapes hung in the storefront display cases of the parking garage.

It took me a minute, but I realized what made these shapes seem so familiar – the paintings are done on automobile hoods! The subject matter ranged from an homage to Bruce Lee, to illustrations of street youth overlaid on New York City street maps. All very cool.

note: I looked for a placard with info on the exhibit, the contributing artists, etc., and found nothing. Perhaps it’s posted at the display cases on the front side of the garage.

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