Here is an accurate review –
The exhibit was either at the National Portrait Gallery, or at the Museum of American Art.
It is either still there, or it is not.
It was called “Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture”.
And (and this is extraordinary), in the museum’s hallways, the exhibit praises graffiti!!!!! Yes, the same grafitti that cities complain about, arrest people for, and spend millions of dollars to cover. Tim Condon and Dave Hupp, the exhibit says, are graffiti artists from the street of Philadelphia and New York, experts in color and lettering techniques, and they are emcees and djs to boot.
Along with large photos and oils of such luminaries as Blackolicious, Pharcyde, and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, and paintings of contemporary hip hop artists in 17th through 19th century fashion clothing, and a weird three dimensional collage in a room where there is a Nikki Giovanni poem called “It’s Not a Just Situation”.
What a strange topic for an exhibit. The art is OK, as art goes – I don’t think there is anything immortal on display. The poem by Giovanni is very nice.