The California African American Museum Pays Homage to the California African West Coast Hip Hop in Its Latest Exhibition
The California African American Museum (CAAM) presents “Oh Snap! West Coast Hip Hop Photography.”
Paying homage to the distinct flavor, evolution and influence of hip hop, Oh Snap! West Coast Hip Hop Photography is a first of its kind to be shown at CAAM, which serves as the largest African American cultural institution west of the Mississippi River. It explores the most influential musical genre and cultural movement of the last quarter century – Hip Hop.
From positioning social movements on the forefront of political forums to enabling suppressed voices to be heard across the globe, Hip Hop has created unity among diverse populations and evolved American culture from coast to coast.
About “Oh Snap! West Coast Hip Hop Photography”
Centered around the 1990s, a pivotal decade for West Coast Hip Hop, Oh Snap! Features more than 40 works by an array of renowned photographers who captured West Coast Hip Hop artists in their prime. The exhibition features photographs of icons such as Easy E., Dr. Dre, Yo Yo, Tupac, E-40 and more.
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The (CAAM) researches, collects, preserves and interprets for public enrichment the art, culture and history of African Americans. Chartered by the California State Legislature in 1977, CAAM is a state supported institution and a partner with the 501(c)(3) non- profit organization Friends, the Foundation of the California African American Museum. In addition to its permanent collection of over 4,000 objects of art, artifacts and historical documents, CAAM houses a research library containing more than 20,000 volumes, employs and trains high school students through its Young Docents program, and hosts in-house curated exhibitions and traveling exhibitions on a regular basis.
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Written by Jane Emery