About the MCL – Martha Cooper and BSA in interview

  • by BLITZ EN

In November 2021, Martha Cooper was in Berlin together with Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art for a viewing of her exhibition “Taking Pictures” and opened the Martha Cooper Library. They were presented with their first MCL library cards in the MCL Reading Room at the Museum. With this, the library was formally inaugurated and has been open to the public since the second of November.

In the meantime, much has happened: through the contact of Sascha Blasche, Hitzerot, we received a generous donation from the Dutch Graffiti Library in January of this year. The Dutch Grafiti Library was founded in 2018 by the twins Marcell and Richard van Tiggelen. Together with Sanne van Doorn, they built an extensive private collection on graffiti with a focus on the Netherlands and published several publications on the subject. Books from the Dutch Graffiti Library can be found in the OPAC. We also received an interesting donation from Kathryn Nussdorf. During a VHS seminar she created a fan book about the Berlin graffiti group CBS with many photos. In an exchange with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy we received more catalogs. And in April there will be the first event: “MCL presents…”

Together with Jaime Rojo and Steven P. Harrington of Brooklyn Street Art, we interviewed Martha Cooper about the opening – about her ideas, wishes and visions for the library.

The result can be seen here:

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Martha Cooper Library in the URBAN NATION Museum