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The History of Street Art with Roger Gastman and Bob Peck

August 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

  • Bob Peck, Monster Truck Wall Mural
    Bob Peck, Monster Truck Wall Mural

Title of Program: The History of Street Art with Roger Gastman and Bob Peck
Date of Program: Saturday, August 18th, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Location of Program: 78th Street Studios, 1300 West 78th Street, Cleveland, OH 44102. Lower “Ramp” Level



WAIT LIST: Those who were unable to register may show up to 78th Street Studios the day of the event (after 12:15pm please) and place their names on the wait list. Unclaimed seats will be released in order of attendees arrival immediately before the program. Shortly after 1pm

**You can also opt to bring your own chairs or stand, but please note the presenters will be speaking for 1  – 1.5 hours, and your view *might* be obstructed depending on where you are. All exits and isles must remain clear.


Cost of Program: FREE and open to the public, courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).


As part of ART BITES series of programming, the AAWR is proud to present The History of Street Art with Roger Gastman and Bob Peck on Saturday, August 18th, 1:00 – 3:00pm.


The History of Street Art will be held in conjunction with AAWR’s summer exhibition, GRAPHIC- the Counter Culture of Cartoons, Comics & Graphic Novels in Northeast Ohio which will open at the Artists Archives on July 19th, 2018.  The program will be held on the lower “ramp level” of 78th Street Studios, who are also proud sponsors of the event.


This two-part presentation will cover both the regional graffiti/street art scene as well as the broader history of street art on a national and international level.


Cleveland artist Bob Peck began his long career with street art and is considered one of the region’s leading experts in the genre.  Peck has exhibited his abstract, graffiti-inspired paintings in galleries for over a decade and has been creating commissioned public art and murals for nearly twenty years.  Peck’s portion of the presentation will focus on the history of Cleveland graffiti from the 1980’s to present day.  It will showcase photos of regional work, spotlight local artists/crews and even include a few harrowing stories of “close calls and sketchy situations” while painting.


Roger Gastman, one graffiti’s foremost international authorities, will place the regional street art scene into a larger national and global context.  Gastman is a curator, graffiti historian, urban anthropologist and collector who Forbes says “has made a career of being the cultural connector between street artists and the art world.” Gastman founded and co-published Swindle magazine with Shepard Fairey, co-authored The History of American Graffiti and co-produced the Oscar-nominated Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. His most recent project, BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) is the premier exhibition of graffiti, street art and beyond and will feature over 100 artists including Bansky, Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, TAKI 183, Martha Cooper, Takashi Murakami and Mark Mothersbaugh. BTS opened to the public in Los Angeles on May 6, 2018.


The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve would like to thank 78th Street Studios for their official event sponsorship as well as Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Ohio Art Dealers Association, the George Gund Foundation, the Bernice & David E. Davis Foundation, the William Bingham Foundation and the Zufall Foundation for their continuing support.


Parking and Entrance (SEE MAP BELOW):

  • Please enter through the complex via 78th Street Studio’s driveway, which is located directly off West 78th Street. Parking is FREE in adjacent lots
  • Proceed to the glass public entrance which is located towards the back of the building (towards West 80th Street) on the building’s North side (Under the “Your Art…” light up sign)
  • There will be a sign on the door and volunteers to direct you!


Check-In and Seating (for ticketed attendees):

  • Please have your tickets ready upon arrival. They can either be printed or in digital format.
  • PLEASE ARRIVE BY 12:50pm to assure smooth check in. The presentation will begin shortly after 1pm
  • There are no assigned seats and we are currently at capacity. PLEASE NOTE: If you are not there by the start of the presentation, your seat *may* be offered to those on the wait-list.
  • All attendees will be seated on folding chairs, so if you need, bring a cushion!



  • The presentation will begin shortly after 1:00pm.
  • Gastman will present a definition of terms then, hand things over to Peck, who will talk about the NEO graffiti/street art scene. Gastman will then place the genres in a broader, national and international context.
  • Gastman and Peck will be speaking for approximately 1 – 1.5 hours. A question and answer period will follow.


Questions or additional information? Please contact:

Megan Alves

Gallery & Archives Coordinator

Artists Archives of the Western Reserve

Office: 216.721.9020

Official Sponsors: 78th Street Studios


August 18, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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78th Street Studios
1300 West 78th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102 United States
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