This summer, when the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) launches Skate It or Hang It!? The Evolution of Skateboard Art, it’s obvious that there will be only one way to do it: with a skateboard parade through Midtown followed by a midday performance by 5BORO NYC, a professional skate team, on a street course outside the museum.
With skaters, skateboard artists and a party mood, June 16 promises to be one of the coolest days of the summer.
The fun kicks off at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue (line up at 10:30 a.m.) where Skate Peachtree, the skateboard parade, begins. Anyone with a board is welcome to join the decks as they roll down Peachtree. Upon arrival at MODA, guests will be treated to an outdoor skate show by the 5BORO NYC skate team (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Food trucks will be selling snacks.
Inside the museum, between 1 and 5 p.m., guests can view the exhibition, which includes hundreds of decks, a fine art display, video projections and more. Well-known skateboard artists Sean Cliver, Andy Howell, Wes Humpston, Lance Mountain, Michael Sieben, and Steve Olson, as well as curator W. Todd Vaught, will be at MODA to answer questions and to sign decks. MODA will have some rad skateboard paraphernalia for sale in the gift shop too. (regular museum admission applies to indoor visitors)
Not for the young, but just for the young at heart, that evening Skate It, Hang It or Drink It will be held at the . An official after party, this free entrance, cash bar event will offer more opportunities to rub elbows with the creative skater elite. MODA will be onsite selling special Skate-oriented memberships. (These memberships feature a special graphic membership card and an invitation to an ultra-hip private party at the end of the summer.)
Throughout the summer, MODA will take the decks on the road, with a June 21 event at Woody’s Half Pipe in Dunwoody honoring National Go Skateboarding Day and a July 4 Skate Art Jam that includes professional demos, art sales, and food trucks at The Shops Around Lenox.
About the Exhibition
Skate It or Hang It!? examines the visual aspects skateboarding, a sport important to contemporary youth culture since the 1970s, by presenting a broad range of styles, imagery, and visual expression in skateboard art. With a broad focus on skateboard graphics—in particular the styles and methods used to embellish skateboard decks—the exhibition will appeal to a broad range of skateboarders, designers and artists and to Atlanta’s youth in general.
Visitors will come to understand skateboard graphics in a variety of ways, as Skate It or Hang It!? will include a survey of skateboard art from the 1970s to the present day; original installations by Atlanta-based artists influenced by skateboard art such as Alex Brewer aka HENSE and Charlie Owens; interviews with VCJ and Jim Phillips, along with personal appearances and art by Sean Cliver, Andy Howell, Wes Humpton, Lance Mountain, Michael Sieben and Steve Olson; an exhibition demonstrating the steps by which skateboard decks are fabricated and a nine-foot interactive skateboard sticker exhibition. There will also be interactive activities allowing children (and others) to design and create their own skateboard decks.
Skate It or Hang It?! was curated by W. Todd Vaught and is supported at MODA in part by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, Vitamin Water and Sam Flax.
It runs June 16 through September 16.