Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper. April 1 - Sept. 27, 2015

Hip-Hop Revolution presents more than 80 photographs taken between 1977 and 1990 by three preeminent New York-based photographers—Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper—who documented hip hop from its pioneering days through its emergence into mainstream popular culture.

Hip-hop culture, incorporating such elements as DJing, rapping, and breaking (dancing), was born on the streets of New York City in the 1970s and grew to have a global impact on music, dance, and fashion. The exhibition showcases the experiences of each photographer during these seminal years, as DJs, MCs, and b-boys (breakdancers) were continually innovating, developing new forms of self-expression. The work of these photographers—featuring early figures Afrika Bambaata, Kool Herc, and Cold Crush Brothers, breakers (or b-boys) like Rock Steady Crew, and breakout acts such as Run DMC and the Beastie Boys—form a broad survey of a movement that is indelibly linked to New York City and still has a resounding influence today.

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Education Programs

Hip-Hop Revolution: Exhibition Tour for Grades 2-12
Participants will learn about the origins and evolution of hip hop in New York City during a gallery tour of this exciting exhibition. Students will view the work of 3 photographers who documented artists and innovators such as DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and the Rock Steady Crew, who shaped hip hop as a cultural movement that brought together DJing, MCing, B-Boying, and Graffiti Writing. At the end of the tour, students will create their own Mash-Up collage, drawing from a portrait of one of their favorite artists in the exhibition.
This program meets for 1 hour