June 26, 2016 |
There are no graffiti on the quiet East Germantown block of redbrick rowhouses where Darryl McCray lives. His home is modest, with a pink hydrangea bush out front. A black-and-white cat sleeps beneath a beige patio chair. For McCray, 62, it's a subdued existence, considering that at one time he had celebrity status due entirely to the nickname he spray-painted all over Philadelphia: Cornbread. Legend has it that at age 17 he hopped a fence at the Philadelphia Zoo to spray-paint "Cornbread Lives" on the hind side of an elephant, a stunt to disprove a newspaper article that had mistakenly declared "Cornbread Shot to Death" about a murder outside a bar at 40th and Filbert Streets in West Philly.
September 26, 2015 |
Make your way past the Port Richmond Village Shopping Center, weave underneath I-95, dodge the cars drag-racing down Beach Street, and you'll reach a locked gate. Hop over, slip around, or duck under it and you're on the well-worn path to what's known as Graffiti Pier - a postindustrial ruin, open-air art gallery, and informal park that has, in recent years, become perhaps Philadelphia's worst-kept secret. Graffiti Pier // Philadelphia, PA from Adam Englehart on Vimeo . The 500-foot-long pier has long drawn teenagers from the River Wards to drink beer and ride dirt bikes.
July 24, 2015 |
A MURAL that included embattled comedian Bill Cosby among civil-rights crusaders was wiped away Tuesday after spray-painters had tagged it with phrases including "rapist" and "dudes with ludes. " The Father's Day Rally Committee's mural on Broad Street near Indiana Avenue was painted over with a gray coat, according to Jane Golden, the Mural Arts Program's executive director. "It was attracting a lot of graffiti," Golden told the Daily News yesterday. "We moved it up on our decommission list.
April 28, 2015 |
Fairhill Elementary School haunted Pepón Osorio: a boxy, unlovely structure at Sixth and Somerset, all graffiti, trash, and broken promises. The artist and professor at Temple University's Tyler School of Art often rode his bicycle past the building, one of two dozen schools the Philadelphia School District closed in 2013. "There was a sense of abandonment around the building, of lifelessness," said Osorio, whose work often touches social-justice themes. "And the idea came to me: What if I reactivate this area?
April 26, 2015 |
Nothing all that unusual seemed likely to unfold at the Philadelphia Orchestra's second consecutive subscription week with principal guest conductor Stéphane Denève: A potentially pop-slanted John Williams film score suite; Graffiti , a choral work by the increasingly popular Magnus Lindberg; and excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet. Yet the orchestra, Philadelphia Singers Chorale, and the audience had plenty to contend with at Thursday's concert, which was one of the more distinctive programs of the season - a confounding, mixed success.
February 21, 2015 |
Someone spray-painted the N-word on a sign at the entrance of Lincoln University overnight, according to a message sent to the university community Thursday morning. Public safety officers at the university in Chester County discovered the graffiti on its northwest corner entrance sign at 1:50 a.m., and the word was gone later Thursday morning, officials said. "This incident is a sober reminder that our forebearers persevered in the face of hatred and intimidation, yet achieved and maintained standards for excellence which Lincoln University has become known," acting president Valerie I. Harrison told the university community.
December 28, 2014 |
More than 50 people - including religious leaders, political officials, and community members - gathered in Yardley on Friday afternoon to denounce an anti-Semitic slur apparently spray-painted onto a family's garage door this week. Organized by State Rep. Steve Santarsiero (D., Bucks), the event featured speeches from him and Lower Makefield Township Supervisor Jeff Benedetto as well as two rabbis, a nun, a Presbyterian pastor, a representative from a local Islamic group, and other community members.
December 21, 2014 |
Graffiti crawl up exterior walls like webs of ivy, bending and twisting around rows of shuttered windows. At some street corners, layers of posters pile unevenly over this graffiti like papier mâché, stitching together urban blocks. When I traveled to Greece this year, my original itinerary focused on ancient history sites: the Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Agora. These places all tell valuable Greek stories from centuries past through classical busts, orderly columns, and symmetrical ruins.
October 20, 2014 |
Nearly 50 years ago, on the bunk of the troopship that carried him to the Vietnam War, Pvt. R.T. DiFerdinando scribbled an enigmatic message. He drew a Valentine's heart that bore the name of a woman - the meaning of that obvious enough. Nearby, he wrote his name and an odd phrase, "The Fabulous Furie's. " Was it a commentary on their relationship? A nickname? The title of a favorite book? None of those, it turns out. Today that inked missive is part of the new Independence Seaport Museum exhibit that tells troops' stories through the graffiti they left on canvas racks aboard the USNS General Nelson M. Walker.