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Street Artist Swoon Brings Her Art Inside12:05

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Some call it street art, others say graffiti, but Swoon just calls it "working outside."

Her real name, if you can believe it, is Caledonia Dance Curry. She's 34, based in Brooklyn, trained at the Pratt Institute. Her signature work consists of elaborate paper prints and cut-outs of life-size human figures. She labors over them for hours in her studio, and then, with guerilla-like efficiency, she takes them to the street and seals them to walls with wheat paste.

It's not as permanent as spray paint, but they still hang around for awhile. And a lot of people are happy they do.

Her work is highly acclaimed, which is why the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) has brought Swoon to Boston.

She's just completed a huge, two-part installation, called "Anthropocene Extinction" at the ICA that opens to the public on Saturday.


  • Swoon, artist
  • Pedro Alonzo, adjunct curator, ICA 


This program aired on September 2, 2011.

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