Museums, it has been said, are places where art goes to die. That alludes to the metaphorical embalming that occurs when an artwork is enshrined for posterity, not when it’s destroyed at the end of a show.
But that’s exactly what’s going to happen after “Ill Street Blues” closes at the Corcoran Gallery of Art this weekend. Mounted in the Corcoran College of Art and Design’s exhibition space, Gallery 31, the showcase of street art features murals that have been painted and pasted directly on the walls. After Sunday, this art will be whitewashed into oblivion, and the walls returned to their pristine state.