Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding

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July 18-October 12, 2003

Virginia Beach, VA — The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (CAC) presents Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding on view July 18 through October 12. CAC’s managing curator Brenda LaBier teams up with West Coast-based Marsea Goldberg to offer this sideways look at skateboarding and the bold imagery spawned by it. The widely acclaimed documentary film Dogtown and Z Boys introduced America to the “counter-culture” of skateboarders. Strongly influenced by graffiti, street culture, comic books and the punk movement, skate art is confident and unrestrained. From Madison Avenue to the Big Screen, skateboarding’s daring skater-artists have morphed into a cultural phenomenon complete with icons such as Stacy Peralta and Ed Templeton. Through painting, photography, graphic design and video, LaBier and Goldberg will document the progression of skate design.

Goldberg’s New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, CA. was one of the first to recognize and promote skateboarding’s importance in the art world. In a recent interview Goldberg said, “Skateboarding is inspiring a whole generation of young kids who appreciate art without having a formal art education.”

The opening reception on Friday, July 18 will include a walk-through presentation in the galleries by Goldberg. Artists represented in the exhibition, including Ed Templeton, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Rich Jacobs, Tony Cox, Jim Houser, Rebecca Westcott, Ben Woodward and Tobin Yelland, are scheduled to appear.

To kickoff the exhibition, CAC will present a Surf & Skate Expo. A weekend packed with surfing and skating events will begin with the opening reception on July 18. The Expo will feature giveaways, live music, films and skate demonstrations by professional skaters.

Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding is sponsored in part by City of Virginia Beach, 96X-WROX FM and The Coast-WKOC FM.

Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding is part two of CAC’s summer series Asphalt Surfers and Wave Riders: The Culture of Skateboarding and Surfing. Special admission is in effect for the series. Part one of the series, Surf Culture: The Art History of Surfing, organized by Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California, is on view through July 20. Admission to each exhibition is $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and active duty military. A combined ticket for both exhibitions is $12. Members are admitted free with their membership cards.

The CAC is supported by the City of Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Business Consortium for Arts Support.

The CAC is located at 2200 Parks Avenue at the entrance to Interstate-264 in Virginia Beach. The Center is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For information call 757.425-0000 or visit the CAC’s Web site at www.cacv.org.

AT A GLANCE: Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding

On View: July18 – October 12, 2003

Opening Reception: Friday, July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Marsea Goldberg Gallery tour at 6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Surf & Skate Expo: July 19 & 20, Noon — 5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Slides available upon request

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Events

Opening Reception

Friday, July 18

5:30 -7:30 p.m.

Frree and open to the public.

Skate Culture: The Art of Skateboarding

Visitors enjoy live music and refreshments.

6:30 p.m.

Tour the exhibition with co-curator Marsea Goldberg

Surf & Skate Expo

Saturday, July 19

12:00 -5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Half-pipe demonstration by national and local professional skateboarders

Live music by Lost Tribe

Food and beverages for sale

Promotional Give-aways

 

Sunday, July 20

12:00 -5:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Half-pipe demonstration by national and local professional skateboarders

Live music by The No Talent Show

Food and beverages for sale

Promotional Give-aways