Mark Gonzales + MoMA

New York’s Museum of Modern Art ran a six-week summer session called “Shred, Thrash, Carve: The Visual Language of Skateboard Culture” to 13- to 19-year-olds.
The recent visiting artist was none other than legendary skateboarder and  visual artist Mark Gonzales. He showed up with his Circle Board, a nose-to-tail chain of boards forming a giant, circular skateboard comprised of nine decks, 18 trucks and 36 wheels.

“Back in like ’91, skateboards started having two noses or two tails,” the 43-year-old explained. “I realized you could connect them to make a circle, so I did. It’s a lot of fun, especially going down stairs.”

After Gonzales gave the teens a quick Circle Board demo, he let them ride it, take it apart and put it back together. They made drawings on a giant sheet of construction paper spread out on the floor. But most importantly, he talked about his history of skateboarding and art.

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 swing by and support the next generation of New York City artists.

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