Exhibitions

Two Turntables and a Microphone: Hip-Hop Contexts featuring Harry Allen's "Part of the Permanent Record: Photos from the Previous Century"

Run-DMC and Doctor Dre, outside of WBAU/90.3 FM, in the Adelphi University Center, Garden City NY, July 1983, Copyright © by Harry Allen.

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Two Turntables and a Microphone:


Hip-Hop Contexts featuring Harry Allen's "Part of the Permanent Record: Photos from the Previous Century"


March 27 - June 27, 2010

Iowa Memorial Union, Black Box Theater

125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

Urban street art is coming to Iowa.

Two Turntables and a Microphone presents the work of Harry Allen, hip-hop journalist and Media Assassin of the group Public Enemy. In the 1980s, Allen captured the street culture of NYC and the beginnings of hip-hop with a camera. This exhibit features 40 of Allen's photographs that represent the emergence of the music, culture, and politics of this cultural phenomenon. Further expanding upon the visual culture of the hip-hop scene, the exhibit also includes a digital show of the work of Lady Pink, one of the forerunners in graffiti art who paint-bombed NYC subway trains with such artistry that she became a cult figure. Completing the exhibition is a display of original hip-hop show flyers, album covers, and memorabilia that capture the history of hip-hop as a musical and cultural movement. Two Turntables and a Microphone is curated by Deborah Whaley, University of Iowa assistant professor of American Studies, and Kembrew McLeod, University of Iowa associate professor of Communication Studies.

A mural created by UI art students and graffiti artist Lady Pink during a three-day workshop this April will be on display in the exhibition through its closing at the end of June.

This exhibition is sponsored by:

Scheels All Sports

The University of Iowa Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Barbara Kirk

Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program

Additional support for the exhibition and programming provided by University Lecture Committee, International Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research, Department of Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Mission Creek Festival, and the Harry Oster Folklore and Folk Fund.