Thursday, February 14, 2008

RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture @ The Smithsonian

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five By Kehinde Wiley
Oil on canvas, 2005
Collection Glenn Fuhrman, New York; (c) Kehinde Wiley

The six artists and one poet whose work is included in "RECOGNIZE!" have approached hip hop culture through the lens of portraiture, and, in combination, their contributions highlight its vitality and beauty. Hip hop has inspired people throughout its history to use their minds and their talent to create something larger than simply themselves. Whether they have found expression DJ-ing, MC-ing, break-dancing, or art-making, hip hop has given voice and visibility to a new generation.

Grand opening Friday, February 8 - 11:30a

Face to Face: David Scheinbaum: Artist David Scheinbaum will speak about his photograph KRS One, Paramount, Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is one of his many photographs on display in the exhibition.
Saturday, February 9 - 2 pm
The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history.
The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

Museum Hours:
11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily. Closed December 25.

Admission: FREE
For more information on visiting the museum, please visit the National Portrait Gallery's Web site.

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