Heading to Queens for “Respectfully Yours,” the Lady Pink Mural Exhibit

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 at 10:23 am by

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Photo: Lori Greenberg.

We ventured out of our usual territory the other day, heading to Queens to check out an exhibit by Lady Pink, aka “The First Lady of Graffiti.” While on the 7 train, we were filled with memories of elaborately tagged subway cars and the New York City of the 70s and 80s.

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Cityscape Pink. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Currently on view in the atrium at the Bulova Corporate Center in Astoria (an offsite exhibit by the Queens Museum, guest curated by Daricia Mia DeMarr), Respectfully Yours is composed of three murals, each showing the distinct writing styles that characterizes Lady Pink’s talents as a muralist, painter and graffiti artist.

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Floral Pink. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Cityscape Pink presents the beauty of urban decay and rebirth, representing a city in motion. Floral Pink evokes femininity, fertility and natural beauty. Classic Pink is in the gritty and raw street style which initially drew Lady Pink into the graffiti/writing scene.

At the main entrance, viewers are welcomed by a chalkboard wall and are invited to tag their names. (Of course we participated.)

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Chalkboard. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, Lady Pink quickly made a name for herself in the emerging – and male dominated – street art scene of the early 80s. While still in high school, she participated in a number of exhibits, including GAS: Graffiti Art Success at Fashion Moda in the Bronx, which then made the migration to the New Museum. She also appeared in Charlie Ahearn’s classic film Wild Style, a hallmark of the graffiti and hip hop movement.

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Classic Pink. Photo: Lori Greenberg.

Respectfully Yours runs through August 14th at the Bulova Corporate Center in Astoria. Gallery Hours are Monday, Friday 7am – 7pm, and Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4 pm. For more information, check out the Queens Museum site here.

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