Discover how the chaos of the Lower East Side has shaped—and continues to shape—the destiny of the art world. There’s an incredible amount of street art in New York City whether Banksy (English) or eL Seed (Arabic) have “residencies” here or not. See and learn who and what inspired today’s fascinating mix of paste-ups, stencils, memorials, tags and throws. Get the context behind Banksy’s 2013 street art blitz (& his mini-visit this year) right here in the streets where hip hop and graffiti began. Besides the latest street art, we’ll explore earlier art in and about the streets, and learn how museums like the New Museum and ICP have taken note. We’ll stop into a handful of art galleries along the way, comparing and contrasting street art and graffiti with art on gallery walls. Around us, historic tenements mix with bold architectural innovation in this eclectic and ever-evolving neighborhood. No tour is ever the same… and artists, curators, or gallery owners often jump into the conversation! In addition to the aforementioned street artists and samplings from contemporary art stars, we regularly stumble upon the likes of Shepard Fairey, Invader, LEE, Kenny Scharf, Nick Walker, Os Gemeos, JR, and COPE.