Curated by Tewodross Melchishua, M3: MCs, Mics & Metaphors (M3) explores the power of hip hop lyricism and poetry through visual art. The exhibition captures the force behind hip-hop's music movement, the phenomenon of the Master of Ceremonies, or MC. M3 is on view at the Gallery at Flashpoint from July 23 - August 29, 2009. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 6 - 8pm and will be hosted by Asheru and feature music from Deejay Munch.
M3 assembles a nation-wide group of 17 emerging artists who are bringing light to the art of the MC, or the rapper, by responding to a favorite hip hop verse or song with a creative work. A range of disciplines, including fashion, video, animation, photography and painting, will be presented. M3 emphasizes MCs who emerged during the 1980's and 1990's - hip hop's golden era - such as Public Enemy, KRS-ONE and Guru. Contemporary hip hop MCs such as Mos Def, Jay-Z and Little Brother as well as current popular and underground musical artists will also be featured.
The opening reception is organized in collaboration Guerilla Arts Ink, Hip-Hop Educational Literacy Program (HELP) and Visual Jazz Media Group. This exhibition is generously funded through the Hip Hop Community Arts Initiative grant from the DC Commission on the Arts.