Wonderful Hip Hop archives were on display at the Schomburg Center during the Hip Hop Think Tank 3 Conference November 9th and 10th, as a part of the month long celebration of Hip Hop History. On display in Harlem NY on 135th St., where two major collections one by Cornell University and the other by Khalid el-Hakim.
Cornell’s collection featured special archived posters from Afrika Bambaataa, and a digital exhibition of the photographs of Joe Conzo. The entire collection started in 2007 housed at Cornell University Library claims to be the largest of its kind with over 100,000 pieces including; photographs, manuscripts, sound recordings, film and video, event flyers, record label press packets and publicity, art work, magazines, books, posters and more.
Detroit educator, Khalid el-Hakim displayed part of his 5,000 piece Black History 101 Mobile Museum Pop Up exhibit at the Schomburg Center during the Hip Hop Think Tank 3 event on Saturday and Sunday. Rare newspapers, magazines, photos, albums and other ephemera from the Black Power and Black Arts eras were on display with Hip Hop artifacts and memorabilia.
The Shaolin Jazz art project produced by Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone presented an ensemble piece of music and commissioned work by Aniekan Udofia on 12×14 and 16×20 canvas. The stencil and freehand designs incorporate martial arts, Hip Hop and Jazz on about a dozen originals displayed throughout the Schomburg Library Center.
The Schomburg Library Center has its own collection of art on display in multiple galleries as well as a library research center where anyone can come to study. It’s located on 135th Street in Harlem, NY across from Harlem hospital and the #2 train.