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Kara Walker
Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi's Blue Tale

April 21 – June 25, 2011
201 Chrystie Street

Town & Country

The Culture: Art Shows of the Season
Rachel Wolf

Who'll claim contemporary art supremacy this month:

L.A. or New York? California's newest art impresario, Los Angeles's Museum of Contemporary Art director Jeffrey Deitch, is finally making waves in his new home. Along with a team of graffiti gurus, he'll launch the country's first full-scale museum survey of street art. "ART IN THE STREETS" (April 17-Aug. 8 at the Geffen Contemporary) traces the movement from its roots-with works by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat to contemporary practitioners like Banksy and Shepard Fairey. It's already deliciously controversial: In December, Deitch was accused of censorship when he painted over a MoCA-commissioned mural by the street artist Blu meant to promote the April exhibition. (Deitch thought residents would be offended by the antiwar work, which depicted coffins shrouded in $1 bills.) And contentiousness won't be in short supply on the East Coast either, thanks to KARA WALKER, the New York artist best known for her raunchy silhouettes and stop-motion animations about race and womanhood. On April 23, Walker mounts her largest exhibition of new work since 2008, a two-venue show at Chelsea's Sikkema Jenkins gallery and Lehmann Maupin's Lower East Side locale (through June 4). Of particular interest is a new video that builds on the scenic work Walker did for Lincoln Center's recent production On the Levee, a drama about the worst river flood, pre-Katrina, in U.S. history.