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"A JAMAICA, QUEENS THING"

April 14 - June 2, 2007

Karlos Carcamo

abandoned House #1

2006

The current exhibition revisits the south Jamaica of the mid 80's and early 90's. During this time rap and hip hop were just emerging as a music art form that reflected the times and circumstances of urban communities being ravished by the crack epidemic. The exhibit house was a response to a very significant time in the life of our community. - Zuri Mckie / Winter 2007 / Executive Director's Greeting.  

Joshua Abram Howard

Running on Empty,

2007

Photo: Lishan Chang 

The exhibition is largely composed of two sections. The first part is comprised of the history ephemera related to the crack epidemic. The ephemera is includes items related to the development of the hip hop and rap music, including CD-ROMs, Gold Plates, and promotional materials such as flyers of a battle concerts. The second part of the exhibition consists of works of art made by nine emerging artists in response to this music history. - Heng-Gil / When Art Returns to Reality. 

In South Jamaica, killing was one of the many dozens of murders. During this time it was known as the Crack Epidemic or Crack Era; this alone was a watershed  event for the War on Drugs. When crack began to erode the fabric of inner city life in place like South Jamaica, rap's direction changed course. The intensity of the epidemic gave the rappers an urgent subject to broadcast, one that was profound enough to catch hold of a committed national and international fan base. - Harb Tam / South Jamaica Episodes.  

Corey D'Augustine

1/2 Car (detail),

2007

Relics & Remnants 

October 29, 2005 - January 7, 2006

Relics and Remnants explores the explicit consciousness of African-American history re-examined from today perspective. African-American art and culture is radically thriving, rupturing from past paradigms and spearheading the advancement of 21st-century art and culture. - Relics & Remnants