Chris Ofili, ‘No Woman, No Cry’ 1998
Chris Ofili
No Woman, No Cry 1998
© Chris Ofili, courtesy Victoria Miro, London

This episode is a brief introduction to how the culture of hip hop has collided with art forms such as painting, installation art, photography and film. We follow its beginnings as an artistic and socio-political movement in the Bronx in the early 70s to its many manifestations throughout culture today.

Hip hop’s rich history goes beyond its engagement with visual arts. The genre holds an important space within discussions around race and social change, too complex to do justice to here.

Keith Haring standing next to his Crack is  Wack billboard

Tseng Kwong Chi
Crack is Wack Mural, 128th Street and Second Avenue, New York 1986
© Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation

Discover the late Keith Haring’s take on graffiti through his subway drawings and billboards such as Crack is Wack, as well as contemporary artists such as Chris Ofili, who references hip hop’s cut and paste approach.

Like many artists Haring took inspiration from a large variety of sources, including Egyptian hieroglyphs, hip hop music and street art. While at times this has raised questions around whether he appropriated from Black culture, it is his openness to these influences and inspirations, along with many others which lead to the development of his unique visual language. He used his symbols and motifs to reflect a generation and speak against the injustices of his time including political dictatorship, homophobia, apartheid, nuclear weapons, drug addiction as well as raising awareness of the AIDS/HIV crisis. Haring often collaborated with hip hop musicians and street artists such as LA II (Angel Ortiz) and Jean-Michel Basquiat with whom he co-authored a number of artworks.

Join us as we take a whistle stop tour with curators, musicians and visual artists about the influence of this art form and how hip hop’s ability to bring together multiple mediums in one space has revolutionized the creative industry.

The Art of HipHop is a Boomshakalaka production, produced by Tolani Shoneye.

Visit the Keith Haring exhibition is on at Tate Liverpool, 14 June – 10 November 2019.

Use the code ‘241HARING’ for 2 for the price of one tickets, available online only from the 1st to 31st of October 2019.

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