Tompkins County Public Library

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground Continues at Tompkins County Public Library at May 3 Gallery Night

TCPL continues its celebration of Hip-Hop Culture at First Friday Gallery Night, 5:00 - 8:00 PM on May 3 with two special events.

5:30 PM meet under the Ezra Cornell Portrait for a "Walk & Talk" through TCPL's current exhibit Top 2 Bottom - A Journey Through the Elements of Hip Hop Culture with graffiti artists Jay Potter and Jay Stooks.

Jay Potter, a graphic designer for Cornell Plantations, is also a founding member of Cap Matches Color which has loaned many items to the exhibit.  He will describe how a work of graffiti art is created from original concept in the artist's black book to completed work.  The example used, photos of which are included  in the display cases beneath the Ezra Cornell portrait, was painted early during Get-Up State especially for this exhibit.  Graffiti is ephemeral art however, and this particular piece was painted over during the weekend and no longer exists.

Jay Stooks, GIAC Youth Program Coordinator also loaned many items to this exhibit and will discuss some of the work contained in the exhibit cases as well as the artwork he created especially for the show.

If you are interested in Graffiti Art in all its many forms this is an event you will not want to miss.  The tour will start promptly at 5:30 PM.

At 6:00 PM TCPL is hosting local business owner Eldred Harris for a Gallery Night presentation on the roots of Hip-Hop.

A South Bronx native and member of the Ithaca School District Board of Education, Harris will present an illustrated talk "Days of F.I.R.E. and Birth of a Hip-Hop Nation." Harris grew up in the South Bronx during the early days of Hip-Hop and experienced first hand the arson that burned down abandoned buildings, as well as the high unemployment and poverty rates.  Hip-Hop arouse out of a community's refusal to be destroyed and a creative desire to survive. You will be left with a clear understanding of the importance of Hip-Hop in American Culture today.

This presentation will take place in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room in the Youth Services Department.

Entry to the Library for both these events, which take place after the Library is closed, is through the BorgWarner Program Door located behind the TCAT bus shelter on Green Street.

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