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Two UI professors will discuss UIMA hip-hop exhibit at IMU


April 22, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

The cultural and political work of the hip-hop movement will be the subject of a gallery talk by University of Iowa professors Deborah Whaley and Kembrew McLeod at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. The event in the Iowa Memorial Union's Black Box Theater is free and open to the public.

The two professors are co-curators of a UI Museum of Art (UIMA) exhibition "Two Turntables and a Microphone: Hip-Hop Contexts featuring Harry Allen's 'Part of the Permanent Record: Photos from the Previous Century.'" The exhibit is an effort to immerse viewers in the story of the multiple origins and growth of hip-hop in the 1980s. It features documentary photography, a digital display of graffiti artwork, audio clips, album covers and hip-hop flyers.

During the talk, McLeod, UI associate professor of communication studies, will discuss the impact of hip-hop artists on technological innovations in the music industry. Whaley, UI assistant professor of American studies and African American studies, will speak about museum work in the humanities, creating the exhibit, the relationship between hip-hop and university settings, and graffiti art.

Read the release on the University News Services website