Visual Art and Music in a Post-Hip-Hop Era
Curated by James Bartlett
February 14 – May 26, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 14 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm
From the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement to Hip Hop, Black culture has a history of interdisciplinary arts movements. Today’s contribution to this tradition is magnified and expanded by the ease of connecting. Access to the entire world is always just a few clicks away. Today’s artistic movement emerges from the near ubiquity of global Hip Hop culture, and maintains many of Hip Hop’s aesthetic traits and political stances. Yet, in 2013, the cultural production of previous decades is filtered through a complex milieu of global traditions, nostalgia and futurist dreams, all in an age of intercontinental connectivity.
eMERGING is a curatorial experiment that places visual art and music side by side, and explores an array of artistic expressions that define this unique emerging merging of cultures and art forms. The exhibition features the works of visual artists and directors Kajahl Benes, Kudzanai Chiurai, Delphine Diallo, Modou Dieng, Hassan Hajjaj, dream hampton, Pieter Hugo, Hycide, Kahlil Joseph, Cinque Northern, Storyboard P, Ebony G. Patterson, and Hank Willis Thomas, and music by Blitz the Ambassador, Flying Lotus, Sue Jorge, Just A Band, Spoek Mathambo, THEESatisfaction, and others.