September 11 – October 9, 2010
3100 NW 7 Avenue / Miami / Florida / 33127
Ari Marcopoulos has cemented himself as one of the most influential cultural anthropologists of the last three decades. His body of work focused on marginal pockets of American life and chronicled the early roots of these subcultures as they slowly crept into the mainstream conscience. He has an uncanny ability to be at the right place at the right time, capturing fledgling cultural movements as they are taking form. In the process, Marcopoulos produced some of the most arresting images of youth and defiance this generation ever witnessed.
New York in 1993 had a style of skating like no other. It was not your ordinary dude fest. Actually, there were no dudes allowed. These skaters were train-hopping, taxicab jumping, runaway kids â€“ born and raised in the city. Kids from every borough and background bombed down hills, crossed bridges and ferries, to session the urban paradise. Around this time, the NYC skate scene was just beginning to take form. Very few people were able to see this culture firsthand, but Marcopoulos was there and his access was unrestricted. His exhibition, No Cause, captures the mood of the New York skate scene at the moment of inception. Through intimate portraits and quiet moments caught on Polaroid, black and white photos, color snap shots, photocopies, and drawings, Marcopoulos takes us on a ride, chronicling the personalities and locations that shaped a movement and inspired popular culture on a global scale.
Opening reception Saturday, September 11, 2010 8pm along with the release of Ari Marcopoulos’ book titled Stoopz.