Bobbito Garcia and Stretch Armstrong at New Museum for “NYC1993” Exhibit
“NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” exhibition looks at art made and exhibited in New York over the course of one year. Centering on 1993, the exhibition is conceived as a time capsule, an experiment in collective memory that attempts to capture a specific moment at the intersection of art, pop culture, and politics. An evening with Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia took place February 22, 2013. NYC 1993 runs from 2/13/2013 – 5/26/2013.
In conjunction with the exhibition “NYC 1993,” Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia will discuss New York City circa 1993 through the lens of rap music. Events like the election of Rudolph Giuliani and the World Trade Center bombing changed the city’s landscape, as debut releases by the Wu-Tang Clan and Black Moon established a new tone for New York rap. With unfiltered access to these artists and their concerns, the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show provided unique documentation of New York in the 1990s, compiling a history of ideas and gestures that continue to inform today’s artists.
Journalist and author Sacha Jenkins will moderate this discussion. Jenkins is one of the founders of noted hip hop think tank ego trip (which has produced the books ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and ego trip’s Big Book of Racism! as well as the White Rapper show for VH1). In 1992, Jenkins cofounded Beat Down, America’s first hip hop newspaper.
Support for the exhibition is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, the Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Fund.
The accompanying exhibition publication is made possible by the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum.
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