We’ve all been on field trips as kids, where we went in afraid of being bored to death, but ended up having a blast. That’s about to be the case for plenty of DMV students, because the Smithsonian Museum is adding a new hip-hop photography exhibit.
As part of the grand opening of their new National Museum of African American History & Culture this fall, the famed institution partnered with photo historian Bill Adler to help them bring the history of hip-hop to life. The exhibit spans 20 years and includes more than 400 photos, featuring rarely seen snaps of everyone from Queen Latifah and KRS-One to Bushwick Bill and Paul Wall.
“The Smithsonian has resources that I could never dream of,” Adler told Smithsonian Mag. “They’re going to preserve the photos in a way that I couldn’t. They’ve already digitized these materials. Soon enough this stuff will be online and the idea that it’s going to be available to anybody anywhere with an interest in this culture. It’s completely thrilling to me.”
Beyond the Smithsonian’s pristine delivery of the concept, they’re also adamant about acknowledging hip-hop’s cultural heritage, which is great to see and says a lot about where the genre is in 2016.
“At present, I think when you think about the museum and you think about the mission of the museum, it is one that wants to provide a sweep of African-American history and culture,” says Rhea Combs, one of the Smithsonian’s many photography curators. “We would be remiss in not making sure that we included a conversation around something that is so relevant to African-American life and to American life and culture, in fact.”
We couldn’t agree more. For further info on the exhibit, read Smithsonian Mag‘s full piece on the exhibit here and watch a promo video for the National Museum of African American History & Culture below.
(Via Smithsonian Mag)