The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sponsored by the Art Production Fund and The New Museum, After Hours: Murals on the Bowery is a public art exhibition that brings together 18 contemporary artists to paint murals on the last remaining roll down steel shop shutters on this street. Once a omnipresent aspect of the community in more economically depressed times, only a few of these shutters remain in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Viewing of these murals is free and available after hours when the stores are shut.

Referencing graffiti, traditional mural painting, and graphic poster design, these murals were officially unveiled on May 7, 2011 and will be available until July 7 when they will all be painted back to grey. The list of artists taking part in this event include Richard Prince, Barry McGee, Glenn Ligon and 15 others.

This event is part of the Festival of Ideas for a New City, a new collaborative initiative involving many downtown organizations in New York working together to harness the power of the creative community to imagine the future of the city.

The images below of the murals were shot by Kyle Chayka for Hyperallergic.

By Randy Gladman for The Ministry of Artistic Affairs.