Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop Continues through 7.26 at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village

July 21, 2014


On exhibit through this week at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in the West Village is Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop. Among its many highlights are: memorabilia featuring personal narratives and archives of hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa;  hip-hop party flyers and clothing designed by the late Buddy Esquire; original cells from the animated sequences of Charlie Ahearn’s film Wild Style and prints of Joe Conzo’s photographs of the early days of hip hop.

Here is a sampling of what greeted us when we visited this past Tuesday:

On the exterior of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise


U.K.- based Paul Insect‘s portrait of Afrika Bambaataa

"Paul Insect"

And inside the gallery — noted DJ, producer and poet Rich Medina going though the bins of duplicates from Afrika Bambaataa‘s record collection

"Rich Medina"

 Close-up from installation of Buddy Esquire‘s clothing and flyer designs

"Buddy Esquire"

Afrika Bambaataa fashioned from Bambaataa’s records by Paul Insect and Bäst


Selections from Joe Conzo’s’s seminal Born in the Bronx


Joe Conzo and Charlie Ahearn


The pioneering MC and hip-hop historian Grandmaster Caz

"Grandmaster Caz"

And legendary b-boy Crazy Legs

"Crazy Legs"

With Charlie Ahearn


Exhibited by Boo-Hooray and curated by Johan Kugelberg, Born in the Bronx is an extraordinary tribute to hip-hop’s early days and its everlasting influence. And if you can get over there tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon — between 1-3pm — you will be treated to a Born In The Bronx Hot Platter Lunch DJ Session with DJ Jazzy Jay and DJ Rockin Rob. The gallery is located at 620 Greenwich Street at the corner of Leroy Street in the Village.

Photos 1-4, 7, 8 & 10 by Lois Stavsky;  5, 6 & 9 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 1 features mural by Keo X-men

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