A new exhibition co-organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and Saint Louis Art Museum explores the impact of hip hop. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) have partnered for an exhibition examining the impact hip hop has had on contemporary art and culture through the past 20 years.

“The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century” features contributions from more than 50 artists, writers, scholars, curators, and arts leaders that capture how hip hop has influenced music, visual and performing arts, fashion, and technology.

The exhibition will display approximately 70 pieces from artists with backgrounds in fashion, music and media to demonstrate hip hop’s growth and evolution since its advent in the 1970s. 

“Hip hop is among the most critical movements of our time. Its impact, meaning, and influence is both imperceivable and obvious, and is felt, in equal measure, across both mainstream culture and fine art in the U.S. and abroad,” the exhibition’s co-curator Asma Naeem said in a statement. “With this exhibition, we are developing a greater depth of scholarship about hip hop, and how it appears as its own canon in so many aspects of contemporary artmaking, allowing us to better understand its distinct qualities and the reasons why it has so deeply embedded itself in the global psyche.”

“The Culture” will explore how hip hop has influenced and been influenced by sexuality, gender, race, class, and other social and political systems. The exhibition will include an assortment of creative forms, ranging from painting to sculpture, photography to video, and more.

The exhibition will also feature local Baltimore artists such as photographer Devin Allen, performer NIA JUNE, cinematographer Kirby Griffin, APoetNamedNate, and more. 

The exhibition will be on view at the the Baltimore Museum of Art from March 26 to July 9, 2023, and Saint Louis Art Museum from Aug. 25, 2023, to Jan. 1, 2024.

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