I waited until today to see Shepard Fairey's "May Day" so that I could avoid crowds and focus on the art. (Even today, a few days after the opening, there was a steady stream of visitors both inside and outside Deitch.) Anyway, the exhibit was breathtaking. Conceptually and aesthetically, it was Fairey's greatest achievement. And as much as I liked his solo retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston last year, it was nowhere as impressive as "May Day." Here he captures the radical spirit that creates change -- in every realm of our lives. The exhibit also embodies the spirit of street art -- as I like to think of it -- as a revolutionary force. And what a way for Deitch to go out! "May Day" continues through May 29th at 18 Wooster Street.
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.