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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2015
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
media@mohai.org
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

MOHAI Presents The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop, September 19, 2015—May 1, 2016

Community Exhibit Created in Collaboration with Local Artists and Performers

The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop Now on View at MOHAI

September 1, 2015

SEATTLE, WA – The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) invites the community to get to know the people, places, and events that make up one of Seattle’s most vibrant cultural communities in The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop, opening September 19, 2015–May 1, 2016 in MOHAI’s Walker Gallery.

Curated by Seattle natives Jazmyn Scott (The Town Entertainment) and Aaron Walker-Loud (Big World Breaks), this interactive exhibit will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of our region’s growing Hip-Hop culture through audio recordings, photography, artwork, artifacts, and more. The exhibit will explore many facets of the Seattle Hip-Hop scene including graffiti, deejaying, break dancing, production, and emceeing, linking our region to the continuously evolving global Hip-Hop movement. Throughout, the exhibit will bring the first-person narratives and experiences of Seattle performers and artists to the forefront, creating an intimate and human look at this dynamic art form.

“The opportunity to curate this ground-breaking exhibit is a crescendo of our personal and collaborative journeys as members of the Northwest arts community,” said Scott and Walker-Loud of the process of bringing the exhibit to life. Hip-Hop fans from a young age and mentored by family and community, the two “…gradually developed into artists, entrepreneurs, educators and producers, working with an immeasurable cross-section of the Northwest community. Experiencing a three-decade trajectory of momentum that is now culminating with MOHAI, we are simply honored and inspired to be a part of this vital work.”

Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to view iconic clothing from the closets of some of Seattle’s most well-known Hip-Hop artists such as Macklemore, Raz Simone and Massive Monkees, and view vintage production equipment from legendary producers Jake One, NastyMix Records and Tribal Productions. Highlights from the careers of Seattle’s world famous breakdancing crews along with long forgotten or never before seen mix tapes from the vaults of Seattle deejays with an international following – DJ B Mello, DJ Topspin and Kun Luv will also be on display. This exhibit will have an interactive production studio where visitors step behind the scene to mix their own tracks using unreleased beats from Grammy Award Nominee Jake One and the venerable Vitamin D of the Pharmacy and a dance floor on which to bust a move and breakdance. In addition, local artist Specs Wizard has created a custom mural as an exhibit centerpiece that will hang alongside rare graffiti pieces by DVS, Keep One and King Khazm of 206 Zulu.

The community is invited to celebrate The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop with fun, hands-on activities throughout the exhibit featuring music, dancing, art, and more including:

The Saturday Spin
Second Saturday of the month, 1–4 pm

Experience local Seattle DJ’s spinning records in The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit starting in October through May 2016.

MOHAI thanks exhibit partners 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, The Town Entertainment, and Big World Breaks for their support.

This exhibit is made possible in part by generous support from the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle, ArtsFund, 4Culture, and in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  MOHAI also thanks media sponsor KUOW Public Radio.

Images available upon request.

About MOHAI
MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs. For more information about MOHAI call 206 324 1126.