Tompkins County Public Library is excited to announce its partnership with Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and other community groups to offer Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground - An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture, April 4 through 7.
This four-day celebration, featuring events on campus and throughout the community, will include exhibit openings, gallery exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, concerts and three days of live, mural painting by some of the world's finest graffiti artists.
TCPL will launch its participation with the April 5, 5:00 - 8:00, opening of Top 2 Bottom - A Journey Through The Elements of Hip-Hop Culture. Curated by Jason Otero of Art & Anthropology, this multi-media exhibit features the work of acclaimed Hip-Hop photographers Joe Conzo and Ernie Paniccioli, a new body of work by Ithacan Jay Stooks, a showcase of early Hip-Hop memorabilia including house party flyers, boom-boxes, mix-tapes, fashion and graffiti, materials from the collection of Cap Matches Color; and work created by Ithaca's youth at special graffiti workshops
The opening, being held during Downtown Ithaca Gallery Night, will include a rare opportunity, thanks to Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, to hear from Conzo and Paniccioli, as they join moderator Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, assistant professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College, for a lively panel discussion, at 6:30 in the BorgWarner Community Room. Special guests at this panel discussion will include Hip-Hop founder Afrika Bambaataa and pioneers such as Grandmaster Caz, JDL, Crazy Legs, Popmaster Fabel, Charlie Ahearn, Buddy Esquire and Mare139.
TCPL, thanks to the generous support of Ironak AVT Paints, will also celebrate Hip-Hop with Get-Up State - Three days of live, mural painting featuring some of the world's finest graffiti artists. During three days, April 5 through 7, these artists will transform the Cornell University Press building from dull grey to brilliant color and life.
Major sponsors of TCPL's events include the Tompkins County Tourism Program, New York Council for the Humanities, Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Ironlak AVT Paints, Cap Matches Color, Art & Anthropology and Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
For information about all of the events taking place during the weekend celebrations, visit Unbound from the Underground.
April 5 - 7
World-class guest artists include:
The mural painting will be taking place on the stark Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street, Friday through Sunday. Limited on-site parking is available. The nearest TCAT bus on Friday and Saturday is #13 which leaves Seneca Street/the Commons on the hour and stops at Cascadilla and Third Street.
Spectators are strongly encouraged to watch what promises to be an amazing display of talent from some of the best artists on today's graffiti scene. All wall space is reserved and visitors are requested to respect guest artists and their working space.
Witness firsthand this incredible showcase and see just how far graffiti has come since the early days of Hip-Hop and how incredible an art form it is.
Part of "Hip Hop: Unbound from the Underground," this event is coordinated by Cap Matches Color and made possible with the generous support of Ironlak AVT Paint, the guest artists, Writers Bench, Cornell University Press and grant support from the Tompkins County Tourism Program.
TCPL continues to celebrate Hip Hop when local business owner Eldred Harris, a South Bronx native and member of the Ithaca City School District's Board of Education, presents "Days of F.I.R.E. and Birth of a Hip-Hop Nation" a spirited talk about the roots of Hip-Hop at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 3, in the Thaler/Howell Program Room.
Harris will be joined during Gallery Night by GIAC Youth Program Coordinator Jay Stooks and Cornell Plantation's Graphic Designer Jay Potter, who will lead a walk-through of the Library's Hip Hop art exhibit, "Top 2 Bottom."
Stooks and Potter will discuss the items featured in the exhibit and offer insight into the significance of graffiti art. The walk-through will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. under the Ezra Cornell portrait east of the book stacks.
Gallery Night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.; after-hours access to TCPL will be through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, behind TCAT's Green Street bus shelter.
For more information, visit http://tcpl-exhibits.blogspot.com/ or contact Sally Grubb at (607) 272-4557 extension 232.
Ben Ortiz will discuss his role as curator of the Cornell Hip Hop Collection, and give an insight into the librarian’s task acquiring materials for a special collection.
The talk will take place at 6 p.m. in BorgWarner Community Room. After-Hours access to the library is through the BorgWarner Community Room entrance, behind TCAT’s Green Street Bus Shelter.
Local graffiti artists will introduce young artists to the world of graffiti, explaining different techniques from choosing a “name” to creating a style of writing, to producing a finished piece of artwork. Finished pieces of graffiti will be included in the forthcoming exhibit “Top 2 Bottom – a Journey Through the Elements of Hip-Hop Culture” which will be on display at the Library March 29 through June 14.
This exhibit is part of “Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground – An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture." The Graffiti Art Lab is intended to introduce younger members of the community to this art style which grew out of the culture of Hip-Hop, and to give a greater appreciation for the wonderful work that will be created at “Get-Up State” – three days of live mural painting taking place April 5 through 7 on the Cornell University Press Building at 770 Cascadilla Street.
Registration is required for the workshop as numbers are restricted. Please call 607 272-4557 ext 232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with kids' names, ages and contact information. If a large number register a second workshop will be scheduled from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.
As well as: Tompkins Country Tourism Program - New York Council for the Humanities - Community Arts Partnership - Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections