OCMA presents Cinema Orange – Martha: A Picture Story. Get to know photographer Martha Cooper, a tiny, grey-haired figure who, running alongside crews of masked graffiti artists, becomes an unexpected icon of the street art movement.
One of the first documentarians of the 1970s New York graffiti scene, her images along with those of Henry Chalfant propelled a generation of street artists who feverishly photocopied and shared the pair’s co-authored book Subway Art. As one of the most stolen books of the art world, Subway Art never met commercial success—but, as Martha learns 20 years later, it did turn her into a legend.
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Presented in partnership with Newport Beach Film Festival and organized by Leslie Feibleman, director of special programs and community cinema, Newport Beach Film Festival.