THE RISE OF RAD: The Influence of Skate Culture On Contemporary Art @ The Torrence Art Museum

Now on View Through September 4, 2010 - Erupting from the Californian surf scene of the 1960s and branching out into music, language, street art and street clothing, skateboard culture has spanned the globe with its focus on individuality, freedom and a transgressive mixture of sport and play. This exhibition’s focus is on contemporary art that can trace its roots to this sub-culture-gone-mainstream, exploring urban architecture, resistance, and the core values of the skate phenomenon through the matrix of urban theory and politics.

It utilizes theoretical, historical, sociological and contemporary art facets to fully explore how a Californian children’s toy went through technological advances that led to a revolution throughout youth culture and, in turn, spread to the world and impacted culture from the street to the museum.

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