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 Monday, Nov. 12. 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.

This exhibition will be free and open to the public during Cultivate 7Twelve’s open hours until Saturday Nov. 12.

11 a.m. - 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday

Closed Sunday

 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.

Read more about the cultural significance of preserving Banksy’s street art here.

 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

FIRST look cocktail 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.

James Daichendt on “Writing on the Wall”

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16

Free and open to the public
Join us for this rare opportunity to hear from the top Street Art Critic in the US.  Jim Daichendt is an art critic and journalist for KECT's Artbound, the nation's largest public television station and the The San Diego Union Tribune. In addition, he is the chief editor of the academic journal, Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art. Daichendt holds a doctorate from Columbia University and graduate degrees from Harvard and Boston universities.  Not to be missed!

Dinner among friends

7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17

$70/$85 per person. Tickets available here
A fine dining experience with leaders from the world of art and theology  with performances by poet and author Micheal O'Siadhail, composer and author Jeremie Begbie.  DINNER FEATURES: A three course Celtic-inspired menu from Barnett's Chef Elizabeth Pannabecker paired with wines from Barnett's exclusive wine library, beer selections from Brotherwell Brewing, and a whisky tasting with Balcones

Brunch with Banksy feat. Luna Juice

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

$38 per person. Tickets available here

Join us for a special twist on southern eats & hospitality as Luna Juice Catering appeases our palates with a myriad of delicious brunch items inspired by color & craft. Enjoy Chef Summer's vegetarian spin on a southern classic, Chicken & Waffles, paired with fresh brunch bellinis.

Cocktails with the Curator

6:45 p.m. – 8:00 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, artists Martin Lewis and Will Suarez, aka HighDef.

An Evening with Brian Greif

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

$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. Monday, Nov. 12

$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.