Projects+Gallery To Close 'Haute Hip-Hop' With A Progressive Party This Week

By Rachel Brandt
In Culture

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Since its inception, the hip-hop genre has been exemplifying the culture that surrounds it through true rhymes and rhythms that embrace change and don’t sugarcoat the stories of real humans. In turn, this resolve to spin tales of truth inspires the crafting of food, cars, fashion, art and more every day. Owner Susan Barrett, inspired by this progression of hip-hop over the years, curated projects+gallery’s current exhibition, “Haute Hip-Hop.” Together with Director Dorte Probstein, Barrett drew pieces from her own collection, native St. Louis artists and a carefully selected group of significant works from internationally renowned artists that speak to hip-hop’s revolution.

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After a successful opening and initial run, projects+gallery is excited to announce the extension of “Haute Hip-Hop” through Saturday, March 26. On Friday, March 25 from 5-8pm, a closing party will be held to celebrate hip-hop and the acclaimed show. In keeping with projects+gallery’s progressive mission, DJ Agile1 will be featured as well as several female emcees from STL’s Femcee Nation Organization. Find more information on projects+gallery’s website.

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Tupac Shakur said, “I’m a reflection of my community,” and with St. Louis hip-hop artists like Smino Brown and Mvstermind not only attracting a wide audience, but making their mark on the genre as a whole, there’s no better time for our city to rally around these change-makers. projects+gallery’s latest installment aims to show the importance of supporting and learning from this art that comes from such a place of honesty.

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“Haute Hip-Hop” is comprised of a mix of powerful photographs, multi-media, paintings and fashion. Featured artists include Jermaine Clark, Joe Conzo, Dolce & Gabbana, Fantich & Young, Jonathan Mannion, Charlie Le Mindu, Marilyn Minter, Moschino, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Fahamu Pecou, Hank Willis Thomas, Mickalene Thomas, Valentino and Kehinde Wiley.

On the very last day of the exhibit, projects+gallery will be hosting a panel discussion—free to the public—on hip-hop and its influence on contemporary art, fashion, and culture. The discussion will be moderated by Adrienne Davis, a longtime art collector, William M. Van Cleve professor of law and Vice Provost at Washington University in St. Louis. She will be joined by Susan Barrett, founder and president of Barrett Barrera Projects, John Harrington, co-founder of Paint Louis, Slumfest, and Beats 4 Eats, and others.

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Find out about upcoming exhibitions at projects-gallery.com. Visit “Haute Hip-Hop” at 4733 McPherson Avenue in St. Louis’ Central West End, Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-5pm.

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