The History of Hip-Hop, in Photos and More

“Hip-Hop Revolution” is an exhibition that tells the story of hip-hop – from its early days to its rise into mainstream pop culture where it has made a major cultural impact worldwide.

The exhibit features more than 100 photographs taken by renowned New York-based photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper between 1977 and 1990. These photographers documented the rapping, breaking (dancing), DJ-ing and fashion elements of hip-hop culture that was birthed on the streets of New York City in the 1970s.

Images of Afrika Bambaata, Kool Herc, Cold Crush Brothers, Run DMC, Salt n Peppa, and many more are on display at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) in Harlem.

This exhibit is currently being featured by MCNY as a part of their Uptown Bounce summer series, a festival taking place four consecutive Wednesday evenings featuring the music of “Hip-Hop Revolution,” gallery tours and talks, art workshops, breakdancing, drinks, and local food.

“It’s a way to celebrate New York’s diverse cultures and the collections of our own museums at the same time,” said the museum’s curator of public programs, Frances Rosenfeld, Ph.D.

Reporter Melissa Noel attended the second installment of this summer series on July 29 to learn more about the exhibit from one of the featured photographers and the impact hip-hop has had on attendees.

Two more installments of Uptown Bounce will take place at the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio on Aug. 5 and Aug. 12.

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