One of the best and most influential street skaters of all time, and one of the first professional skaters to make the transition to professional artist, Mark Gonzales has long been respected as a singular talent across multiple fields. The teens in this summer’s Shred, Thrash, Carve: The Visual Language of Skateboard Culture were given the chance to meet, work, and skate with him last week when he dropped into our Education and Research Building with his amazing Circle Board. After the workshop—which included skating the MoMA mezzanine, working on a collaborative drawing, talking about what it was like growing up in California, and seeing which team of teens could take apart and put together the Circle Board the fastest—the Gonz stuck around to sign autographs and give our lucky teens some personalized drawings as well. Click the images below to see a slide show of the whole thing!
This summer’s In the Making Teen Art Show will have its opening party on Friday, August 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the lower mezzanine of MoMA’s Education and Research Building. Food and drink will be served, so swing by and support the next generation of New York City artists. Special thanks to Chris Churchill and Franklin Parrasch Gallery for all of their assistance in making this workshop a reality.