NMAAHC To Display Golden Era of Hip-Hop Photo Collection

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is opening its latest exhibition, “Represent: Hip-Hop Photography,” in the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) gallery on the museum’s second floor. On display beginning Friday, May 6, the exhibition features photographs from pioneering hip-hop historian Bill Adler’s Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection that illustrate the early days of hip-hop and its rapid expansion to a cultural phenomenon in the mid-to-late 1990s. Inspired by the four elements of hip-hop—DJs, MCs, break dancers and graffiti—the “Represent: Hip-Hop Photography” exhibition features some of hip-hop’s most iconic figures and moments paired alongside historical images from the museum’s photography collection. This special exhibition explores how different social movements, iconic figures, art, culture and dance have influenced the musical genre.

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