Highlights from the Archive
A JAMAICA, QUEENS THING
April 14 - June 2, 2007
abandoned House #1
"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 / Executive Director's Greeting.
Joshua Abram Howard
Running on Empty,
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, drug 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.
1/2 Car (detail),
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.