July Fourth weekend marked the one-year anniversary of my return to New York after four years of traveling the country recording stories. I’ve been so busy getting re-acclimated that I haven’t really made the time to experience the abundance of art in the city. When my friend Juan Obando called to let me know he was coming to NYC to speak at the CUE Art Foundation I decided this was my chance to get motivated and I asked if I could tag along.
The speaking event was part of an exhibition called Goddess Clap Back: Hip Hop Feminism in Art. Curated by Katie Cerone, the exhibition highlights Hip Hop Feminism (a term coined by feminist author Joan Morgan) as an emerging motif of contemporary artists. While Juan was not one of the participating artists in the exhibition it was his Rhizome commissioned Museum Mixtape that caught Cerone’s eye as she was planning programming around the show. The event was a dynamic mix of artist q&a and live performance that further explored hip hop as a popular pedagogy linking culture, economics and identity politics. Participating artists included Noelle Lorraine Williams, Lauren Kelley, Char Johnson (of Zebra Baby) and Michelle Marie Charles.
Check out Goddess Clap Back: Hip Hop Feminism in Art before it closes August 10. Learn more at www.cueartfoundation.org.