Spray-painted at night on a Lower East Side handball court, the Howard the Duck mural showed the comic book character peeking from behind a trash can with the words: “Graffiti is a art, And if art is a crime, Let God forgive all.” That 1978 work helped propel graffiti out of the subway and into the mainstream. So it’s only fitting that a canvas recreation of that mural (the original was painted over around 1988) is a part of a major exhibition on graffiti art at the Museum of the City of New York. In addition to Howard, highlights include a compilation of ink-drawn tags collected by Wicked Gary, founder of the first graffiti writing club, the Ex-Vandals. The show runs through Aug. 24.
Details: mcny.org or 212-534-1672.