Covering walls and surfaces in cities around the world, Street Art is appreciated by thousands every day as they go about their daily business. Street Art was born in New York City towards the end of the 1970s. People utilized walls as canvasses to express themselves, make political and social statements, and claim ownership of their city.
In this collection of photos, Goethe-Institut colleagues in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, Toronto and Washington, D.C. have captured Street Art in the cities they call home. We publish our findings in this blog in several themed series – starting with a collection of favorites, and another with works by German artists in our cities.
Participate by taking photos of street art in your hometown and posting them to social media with the hashtag#artbits!
Marie-Pierre Poulin is director of the library for the Goethe-Institut Montreal since 2011. She developed an interest for street art, and has been seeking more and more art on the streets since 2014. Her other interests include foodism, languages, travel and bunnies. Follow her on Instagram @aim_pe
Librarian at the Goethe-Institut Mexico since 2010, where she catalogues books, provides information and organizes events. She’s a trained art historian who likes to go on a stroll, passionate mother, biker and cook when necessary. She is interested in kids- and youth literature as well as nonfiction.
is a Brooklyn-based graffiti and street art enthusiast, photographer, curator, librarian and author of (Un)Sanctioned: The Art on New York Streets. She's worked as the librarian at the Goethe-Institut New York since 2002. Since 2005, she has spent her free time exploring New York City in search of art in unexpected locations. As co-founder and regular contributor to The Street Spot blog, she is passionate about documenting urban artforms and supportive of all creative endeavors to redefine public space. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago and have appeared in leading street art books and magazines. She has presented her observations on street art at the Brooklyn Museum and the New York Public Library, guest lectured for the History & Emergence of Street Art & Graffiti course at Long Island University, and contributed commentary for the HBO documentary Banksy Does New York.
Stefan Kloo, aka Lord Jim is an art-dork, book thief and collector who figures that someone needs to keep an eye on things. He's been chaperoning street art for well over a decade now and can't shake the feeling that there might just be something to it.
Originally from Germany, Lord Jim lives with his beloved wife and two champion sons in Los Angeles where he also does the most damage.
His photos and musings have been published in numerous books and articles. ( Most notably "Stay Up - Los Angeles Street Art" with author Jim Deichendt / "Shepard Fairey Inc.” by Jim Deichendt / "Banksy - You are an acceptable level of threat" by Carpet Bombing Culture, etc....)
His photo collections can be found on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lord-jim/
Lord Jim thinks that Banksy smells like soup. He also wants his Tupperware back sometime soon.
Michelle is from Toronto. She has been the librarian at the Goethe-Institut Toronto since 2012. She likes to explore the city on foot or two wheels and to snap beautiful photos of her findings. Follow her on Instagram @yo_mk.
Nesa has been director of the library at the Goethe-Institut Mexico since August 2017. Just arrived in Mexico City, StreetArt discovery tours are a great opportunity to get to know the city from another side. Otherwise she likes to look at art in museums.
Mike Maguire is a Washington, DC photographer and writer. His photos have appeared in The Washington City Paper, The Baltimore Sun, USA Today, and Thrasher Magazine. A native of the DC area, he loves photographing the city's nightlife and street art. He cowrote the 2012 feature film about a fictional DC rock musician, Ultrasonic, and is the author of a sci-fi novel, Three Days Breathing, and a wordplay book, Drawn Inward and Other Poems. Follow Mike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike.j.maguire/
Pete is an Assistant Professor of German Studies & History at Montana State University. Over the years he has called Toronto, Montreal and Minneapolis home. In addition to photography, he likes visual culture and the great outdoors. You can follow him on Instagram or Twitter: @p_schweppe.