From Basquiat to ‘Black Panther’

From Basquiat to ‘Black Panther’
How graffiti went mainstream
“Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation,” a brilliant exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, reveals the centrality of visual art to hip-hop’s thrilling beginnings. The show prompts fresh consideration of the origins of hip-hop and the “post-graffiti” movement, which saw the street artists who had transformed New York’s urban landscape [...]

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Gentrification & Subway Dancers

Gentrification & Subway Dancers
How Gentrification is criminalizing street dancers
Priscilla Ward breaks down just how gentrification and the police are criminalizing ‘Showtime’ for a generation of youth looking to make a way for themselves. Gentrification is shifting the culture of MTA’s underground performance ecosystem, particularly for African American and Hispanic youth. Police are finding a means of controlling what [...]

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THE ORIGINS OF WALL WRITING

THE ORIGINS OF WALL WRITING
Debunking the historical Hype
Hip-hop is plagued by mythology. Whether it is the idea that Brooklyn disco DJ’s invented the music, or that breaking comes from capoeira, or that a short-lived gang truce is what gave the culture life, there seems to be no shortage of people eager to take credit for one or another aspect of hip-hop. What’s worse, [...]

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Keith Haring, downtown e hip hop

Keith Haring, downtown e hip hop
Da Louder than a Bomb
Il seminterrato era completamente ricoperto di disegni dal pavimento al soffitto, da quelli realizzati con pennarelli argento e oro su plastica nera, ai dipinti dedicati a Brooke Shields ispirati alla campagna pubblicitaria dei jeans Calvin Klein. Tutti erano eccitati dalla presenza massiccia di tutte quelle opere, tutti proprio tutti dicevano: [...]

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