they would display it. But they didn’t want it.”
Subsequent reports have quoted museum officials saying the problem boiled down to, once again, the sticky question of authentication. A museum curator told the art website artsy.net in January that they’d need to get a personal note from Banksy — which of course, the artist doesn’t provide.
So Greif, who until 2013 was general manager at San Francisco’s KRON-TV, decided to offer up “Haight Street Rat” for exhibitions to anyone who wanted it with one proviso:
“I took a vow when I took it down that I would never sell or profit from it,” Greif said. “So I provide it to venues that agree to exhibit it for free.”
Before Windsor, “Rat” was on display at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library in Illinois.
As part of the offer, Greif also requires venues to bring in art by local street artists to display alongside the Banksy, so you’ll find Windsor artists at Wolfhead, as well.
You can walk into the distillery and see “Haight Street Rat” for free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Both evenings, however, have ticketed events.
There’s a Banksy dinner party with Greif from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Wednesday at the distillery. A closing party Thursday evening will include a range of nationally known DJs, including Statik Selektah.
Proceeds from the latter will benefit the United Way of Windsor-Essex County.