Houston Rap

Thursday, Nov 07, 2013 - Friday, Nov 22, 2013

Boo-Hooray (Canal Street)
265 Canal Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10013

Photographer Peter Beste chronicled the everyday life of the Houston hip-hop community for over 9 years. Peter’s photographs profile noted artists including Bun B of UGK, Willie D of the Geto Boys, K-Rino, Street Military, and Lil’ Troy, as well as community leaders, rappers, producers, businessmen, and family members. His work culminated in the Sinecure Books publication, Houston Rap, which was a collaboration with Johan Kugelberg, Lance Scott Walker, and Bun B.

From November 7th to November 22nd, 2013, Peter’s photographs were on view at Boo-Hooray, alongside ephemera and publications.

Houston Rap takes you from the projects to the studio to the strip club and back, providing insights into the culture of arguably the most powerful and unique hip-hop scene in the world today.

Peter Beste has published two photography books to date: Houston Rap (Sinecure Books, 2013) and True Norwegian Black Metal (Vice Books, 2008). Peter has exhibited his photography internationally, including in the US, UK, Norway, and Japan. He has also been featured in publications such as Dazed & ConfusedViceVibeVisionaire, andHouston Chronicle.

Houston Rap is available for purchase direct from Sinecure Books in two exclusive editions: a slipcased edition and a deluxe bundle. The deluxe bundle features a 2LP limited vinyl edition of DJ Screw’s All Screwed Up. These exclusive editions are not available in stores.

BOO-HOORAY exhibits both at home in New York City as well as internationally. We also stage collaborative exhibitions with the Hayward Gallery and Rough Trade in London, Tsutaya Daikanyama, Hysteric Glamour, and United Arrows in Tokyo, Galleri Operatingplace in Stockholm, Colette in Paris, PopMontreal in Montreal, Mishka Los Angeles, Printed Matter at both MOCA/LA and PS1/NYC, and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the New York Public Library, the Grolier Club, and Milk Gallery in New York.

Boo-Hooray exhibitions have included shows featuring Larry Clark, The Velvet Underground, Ray Johnson, Afrika Bambaataa, Jonas Mekas, Ed Sanders, Linder Sterling and Jon Savage, Spencer Sweeney, Houston Rap, private press vinyl, Wallace Berman, anarcho-punk group Crass, Jason Polan, Jack Smith, cult-filmmaker Ed Wood, and Situationist Times editor Jacqueline de Jong.

The exhibitions are drawn from cultural archives that Boo-Hooray excavates, organizes, and places in institutions such as Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Cornell University’s Division of Rare Manuscript Collections, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.