Represent: Hip-Hop Photography

The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) gallery opened its third exhibition on Monday, March 5, 2018.

Represent: Hip-Hop Photography highlights images from the museum’s Eyejammie Hip Hop Photography Collection and pairs them with historical photos and other hip-hop related-objects from the museum’s permanent collection. These unique pairings highlight connections between the popular art form, and its relationship to other important historical figures, social movements, and creative moments. The exhibition remains open through May 5, 2019.

Exhibition Experience

Represent contains four themes inspired by the four elements of hip-hop: DJs, MCs, breakdancers, and graffiti.

Identity​

Hip-hop provides an outlet for people to express themselves and share their stories and unique life experiences with others, like cultural expressions of the past.

Creativity​

An important part of hip-hop is adaptation and innovation, which has been a foundational element of many African American art forms. 

Activism

Hip-hop can be used to promote social justice, self-empowerment, and cultural awareness, similar to how music has been instrumental in previous social movements.

Community

Hip-hop has its origins in the Bronx, New York. The music and culture promote shared identity, collective memory, and history.

Represent Exhibition
Walter Larrimore / National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Ethel Waters and Mary J. Blige
    (L) Ethel Waters, 1934, by Carl Van Vechten (R) Mary J. Blige, 1997, by Michael Benabib, © Michael Benabib
  • Nina Simone with Dick Gregory and KRS-One and Ms. Melodie
    (L) Nina Simone and Dick Gregory, 1968, by George Ball, Gift from the Collection of Andy Stroud (R) KRS-1 & Ms. Melodie, 1988, by Janette Beckman, © Janette Beckman
  • Gladys Bentley and Queen Latifah
    (L) Gladys Bentley, ca. 1930, by unidentified photographer (R) Queen Latifah, 1991, by Al Pereira, © Al Pereira