HIP HOP: THE OLD SCHOOL

Tonight, at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York City, Boo-Hooray will feature items from the Cornell University Hip Hop Collection, curated by Johan Kugelberg, highlighting the early years of hip hop through an exhibition of the personal narratives and archives of some of its most notable figures.

Come to the show and see a wall display of sure-shots from Afrika Bambaataa‘s collection (records that had the name of the artist covered up in order to maintain Bambaataa’s DJ exclusivity of rare breakbeats in those early days); his original manuscripts and notebooks, including the original lyric for “Planet Rock;” and a selection of original breakbeat records showing the building blocks of DJ culture.

You’ll see a grid of original cells from the animated sequences of Charlie Ahearn‘s classic film, Wild Style (1983).

There’ll be a large collection of original flyer art from the late 1970s and early 1980s by the late master of hip hop design, Buddy Esquire, as well as handpainted hip hop clothing he made during the same period.

And, vintage and exhibit prints of Joe Conzo‘s iconic photographs of the South Bronx, its residents, and its performers; Conzo has been called by the New York Times “the man who took hip hop’s baby pictures.”

And at tonight’s opening ONLY (6 – 9 pm): DJ Charlie Chase and DJ Tony Tone, founding members of the Cold Crush Brothers.

We’ll see you there!