“Hip Hop”

Hip-hop meets native culture at the MACM, Montreal

Montreal, 30 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Art, hip-hop, and native culture are the focus of a current exhibition at Montreal’s Musée d’art Contemporain, on display until 5 January 2014. Entitled “Beat Nation”, the show seeks to represent a generation of artists who link urban culture to their native identity in order to produce bold works of art. Various disciplines are featured at the event, including paintings, sculptures, installations, performances and videos. The exhibition has chosen hip-hop as the point of departure, but présents works which extend to the theme of urban culture more generally, considering aspects such as graffiti and fashion. Since the 1990’s, hip-hop has influenced a variety of disciplines, and propelled the activism of the Aboriginal youth. Works include grafitti murals featuring Haida characters, sculptures carved from skateboards, and video remixes produced using Hollywood films. The show includes Canadian artists who, despite living and working in geographically diverse regions (with participants hailing from Alaska to New Mexico), produce pieces which express a link to native culture – which is nevertheless continually evolving. Artists featured in “Beat Nation” are: Jackson 2bears, KC Adams, Sonny Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly, Corey Bulpitt & Aime Milot, Kevin Lee Burton, Raven Chacon, Dana Claxton, Dustinn Craig, Nicholas Galanin, Maria Hupfield, Mark Igloliorte, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Duane Linklater, madeskimo, Dylan Miner, Kent Monkman, Marianne Nicolson, Skeena Reece, Hoka Skenandore and Rolande...

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“Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture” at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art

Montreal, 22 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). “Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture” is to run at Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art between 17 October 2013 and 5 January 2014. The exhibition links the work of a generation of artists who juxtapose urban culture with Aboriginal culture to create innovative works which reflect the identity of Aboriginal peoples today. Works in the show are produced across a variety of media including painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Artists represented include Jackson 2bears, KC Adams, Sonny Assu, Bear Witness, Jordan Bennett, Raymond Boisjoly, Corey Bulpitt & Larissa Healey, and Kevin Lee Burton. The exhibition is curated by Kathleen Ritter and Tania Willard, of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Mark Lanctôt, of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. It is supported by Mark Mc Cain & Caro MacDonald/ Eye and I, the Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts, Gary R. Bell and Rick Erickson & Donna...

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Hazle opens its backstage: 10th anniversary of the Kosmopolite festival

Bagnolet, 3 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 7 and 8 July, Hazle is opening its backstage and celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Kosmopolite festival. Launched three weeks ago, the Hazle Factory is the first online factory to be entirely dedicated to the pioneers of hip-hop culture. Hazle joins all the events currently in the headlines: the Urban festival Film in May, the Graffitizm Festival in June, and the tenth anniversary of the Kosmopolite festival in Bagnolet on 7 and 8 July 2012. Set up in 2002 by the MAC collective group, the Kosmopolite festival established itself in Europe as a reference when it comes to graffiti. From 5 to 8 July, it will celebrate its tenth anniversary in Bagnolet. The invited street artists are Bre, Brok, Chan, Colorz, Cren, Deryone, Epok, Mr Dheo, Noe2, Speedy Graphito, Vizion, and Sonic. HAZLE is the short version of Hazlehurst, a town of Mississippi where Robert Johnson, the founder of Blues was, born on 8 May 1911. For Jean-Michel Carda, Blues serves as a basis for every music which has revolutionized the 20th century, such as Gospel, Soul, Jazz, and Funk, these type of music eventually leading to hip-hop. “More than a mere brand, Hazle is a label dedicated to the pioneers of hip-hop culture and to every music from which it is descended from such as blues, soul, funk, and jazz. The aim is to honour, pay tribute to and introduce, month after month and through different mediums, the artists and figures who contributed to the birth of the hip-hop culture and helped it become official”, explained Jean-Michel Carda, founder of Hazle Factory in the event’s press...

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Hip hop concerts at LACMA

Los Angeles, 30 April 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is launching a series of hip hop concerts, entitled  Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop. The event will be the first of its kind, and has the stated aim of promoting local emerging hip hop artists. Performances will take place on the third Thursday of each month from May to October 2012. The performance on 17 May will begin at 8 pm, and will feature 3MG. This group, composed of Murs, Eligh, and Scarub, has come together especially for this perfomance at LACMA. The next performance will take place on 21 June, and will feature...

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