BEYOND THE STREETS

BEYOND THE STREETS
words / jp olson
photos / jp olson & beau roulette

The urban anthropologist is at it again; Roger Gastman’s “Beyond the Streets” is currently open in Chinatown. The sample features over 100 artists whose contributions evolved art outside of the galleries and museums. The beauty of this show is not only the eclectic assembly of such a profound body of work, but the fact that it has been made accessible to families and kids who may not traverse the endemic vicinities wherein these artists typically create. For the opening, Adidas skateboarding recreated Venice’s long-lost pavilion, an iconic mecca for skate and street art culture. Another noteworthy aspect of Beyond the Streets is all the art came from Gastman’s personal collection or from the artists themselves, rather than private collectors. We won’t give away too much for those who plan to visit the 40,000 square-foot exhibition, general admissions is $25 and we recommend you go online to reserve a time because it is selling out. Rumor has it that Beyond the Streets will move to New York next. P.S., if you get up there definitely fit Philippe’s Original for the French dip, it’s down the street about a half mile on North Alameda.