I visited the Oakland Museum of California to check out their latest exhibit: “Respect: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom.” I hadn’t visited in a number of years, but I remember really liking my last visit because they curate exhibits that speak to local experiences and they do a great job creating interactive experiences.
There was a lot of soul, storytelling, and local love in the Hip-Hop exhibit. They showcased Hip-Hop’s influence on fashion, art, and – crafts? For real, real – look at this tapestry!
When you think of “Hip-Hop” you might only think “music” but Hip-Hop is also
…a culture, an identity
…all the Bs
…knowing who you are and telling your story
…making an impact
Who knew you could dedicate a whole exhibit to Hip-Hop! PS, yes, they also had boom boxes and turn tables on display.
There was also an interactive element where you could dance, flow, and practice your DJ skills. (Which I totally would have done if I wasn’t a germaphobe – communal headphones, ah!) My favorite part was the video of Blackalicious performing “Alphabet Aerobics.” The words were shown on the adjacent screen so you could (try to) follow along.
Hip-Hop, don’t stop.