Exhibited by Boo-Hooray at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, the materials in this exhibition highlight the personal narratives and archives of hip hop’s grand architect Afrika Bambaataa, the late master of hip hop design Buddy Esquire, Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, and Joe Conzo, the photographer who the New York Times said “took hip hop’s baby pictures.”
Highlights on display:
- A wall display of sure-shots from the Afrika Bambaataa record collection. These records had the name of the artist covered up for Bambaataa to maintain DJ exclusivity of rare breakbeats in the early days of hip hop.
- Original Afrika Bambaataa manuscripts and notebooks, including the original lyric for “Planet Rock.”
- A selection of original breakbeat records from Afrika Bambaataa’s collection, showcasing the building blocks of DJ culture.
- A grid of original cells from the animated sequences of Charlie Ahearn’s film Wild Style.
- A large collection of original hip hop flyer art by Buddy Esquire from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
- Vintage prints and exhibit prints of Joe Conzo’s iconic photographs of the early days of hip hop.
- Handpainted hip hop clothing by Buddy Esquire dating from the 1970s to 1990s.
BORN IN THE BRONX: AFRIKA BAMBAATAA, BUDDY ESQUIRE, CHARLIE AHEARN’S WILD STYLE AND JOE CONZO A VISUAL RECORD OF THE EARLY DAYS OF HIP HOP
CURATED BY JOHAN KUGELBERG
JUNE 26TH - JULY 25TH, 2014
GAVIN BROWN’S ENTERPRISE
620 Greenwich St.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm through July 25th.