Harlem Art Collective Turns Vacant Wall Into Public ‘Guerrilla Gallery’

EAST HARLEM — A group of local artists have transformed a long-neglected wall at a stalled construction site into a public art gallery.

The “Guerrilla Gallery” on East 116th Street between Second and Third avenues accepts art from any East Harlem artists on one condition: they have to be waterproof, said Kristy McCarthy, 32, a member of the art collective responsible for the wall.

The Harlem Art Collective spent a year trying to get commissioned by the city to have a public art installation on the wall. After not getting any results they decided to go ahead anyway, she said.

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By: Gustavo Solis | June 3, 2015

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