Banksy street art To Make Texas Debut in Waco Gallery

The street art of world-renowned, anonymous street artist “Banksy” will be featured for the first time in Texas at Cultivate 7Twelve, an art gallery and event space located in the heart of downtown Waco. The exhibition, titled “Writing on the Wall,” will open to the public Friday, Sept. 7 and run through Saturday, Sept. 29. September’s exhibition will feature the Banksy installation “Haight Street Rat: This is where I draw the line,” in addition to artwork by Waco and Central Texas artists.

 Photo courtesy of Brian Greif  

Photo courtesy of Brian Greif  

Cultural Significance

“Writing on the Wall” will highlight the intent and significance of graffiti, street art and other word-based art in a fine art setting. The exhibition allows viewers to ask the questions, “What power does writing on the wall hold in our daily lives? How does it challenge or inspire us? How do words define our significance?” To explore the spectrum of textual art, we are placing wordbased craft next to edgy street art, prompting viewers to consider the cultural influence of writing on the wall.

 The "Haight Street Rat," a Banksy piece preserved by prominent art collector Brian Greif, leans agains a wall on display in Toronto, Canada.

The "Haight Street Rat," a Banksy piece preserved by prominent art collector Brian Greif, leans agains a wall on display in Toronto, Canada.

 Greif originally obtained the "Haight Street Rat" in 2010 from a wall in San Fransisco. In April 2010, five Banksy pieces appeared on different buildings throughout the city.

Greif originally obtained the "Haight Street Rat" in 2010 from a wall in San Fransisco. In April 2010, five Banksy pieces appeared on different buildings throughout the city.

 

Gallery Events

Exhibition Preview Reception

6 – 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6

$30 per person. Tickets available here.
Includes screening of documentary “Saving Banksy” at the Hippodrome; gallery reception; champagne bar and light fare from Luna Juice Catering; lecture and Q&A from prominent art collector and star of “Saving Banksy,” Brian Greif. Cocktail attire requested.

First Friday Exhibition Opening

6 – 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

Free and open to the public
First chance for the public to see the installation for free. Includes live music; champagne bar from Luna Juice Catering; additional food vendors Summer Snow and Sweetness Desserts.

Brunch with Banksy feat. Luna Juice

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22

$38 per person. Tickets available here
Dine at Cultivate 7Twelve among the Banksy installation. Includes mimosa bar and catering by Luna Juice.

Cocktails with the Curator

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

Free and open to the public
Q&A-style panel discussion with co-curators of exhibition “Writing on the Wall,” including star of “Saving Banksy” Brian Greif, Creative Waco executive director Fiona Bond, Cultivate 7Twelve director Rebekah Hagman.

An Evening with Brian Grief

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28

$12 per person. Tickets available here
Extended lecture, discussion and Q&A with prominent art collector and star of “Saving Banksy,” Brian Grief. Includes light bites and drinks courtesy of Luna Juice Catering. 

Coffee and Closing Thoughts

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29

$5 per person. Tickets available here
Celebrate the closing of the “Writing on the Wall” exhibition with Brian Greif. Includes pastries and coffee. 

 

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Our media kit has been updated to reflect corrected mistakes in our initial press release. The release now includes the correct spelling of art collector Brian Greif. We also want to clarify that a Banksy painting was on display in a Texas museum in 2016. Our exhibition is the debut of Banksy's street art in a Texas gallery. We apologize for any confusion or misunderstandings.