From the founders of the Museum of Graffiti, The Art of Hip Hop announces a dynamic lineup of programming to celebrate the debut of its permanent space showcasing the history of Hip Hop. Opening in Miami on December 5th, The Art of Hip Hop has partnered with StockX, the world’s leading marketplace for current culture, to curate an array of programming for its debut during Art Basel Miami Beach 2023.
The inaugural exhibition, entitled From the Bronx to the Beach, will showcase rare vintage ephemera from Hip Hop’s first NYC DJ, Kool Herc, to Miami’s own pioneer Uncle Luke. In addition to these items, the exhibition will feature a special focus on the unsung heroes of Hip Hop culture: the visual creators who have left an indelible mark on this movement. While rappers and DJs routinely absorb the limelight, The Art of Hip Hop places an emphasis on the photographers, album cover artists, graffiti writers, and logo designers who are responsible for creating the visual identity of Hip Hop as we know it. Visitors can expect to see the works of famed Hip Hop photographers Janette Beckman, Mike Miller, Henry Chalfant, Matt Doyle, Lisa Leone, Joe Conzo, and Daniel Hastings, alongside Hip Hop album covers designed by Cey Adams, Eric Haze, Slick, Kaws, and more. The exhibition will also shine a special spotlight on Miami’s own Hip Hop history, capturing it through the lenses of local historian and photographer Derick G and photographer Esdras T. Thelusma. Museum of Graffiti co-founder and curator, Alan Ket, will collaborate with StockX to curate a collection of sneakers that further amplify the stories of the works featured in the exhibition.
The Art of Hip Hop will also house a world-class specialty gift shop and art gallery, offering a collection of original paintings on canvas and sculptures spanning the last five decades, all available for purchase.
Doors will be open daily 11pm – 6pm beginning December 5, 2023, taking over the entire building located at 299 NW 25th St., Miami, FL 33127. Tickets ($12) for General Admission and all special programming will be exclusively available at www.artofhiphop.com. As part of its partnership with the Museum of Graffiti, StockX will also make 250 tickets (per day from December 5-7) available online to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.