At the Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Lounge — Celebrating and Promoting the Arts in the Bronx
Friday, March 21, 2014
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Join them for a screening of the newly-restored Style Wars: The Original Hip Hop Documentary, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. Introduced by Tim Rollins and Henry Chalfant.
Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, Style Wars was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival, and is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s. Style Wars captured the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art. New York’s legendary kings of graffiti and b-boys own a special place in the hip hop pantheon. Style Wars has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.
Free admission and bar (donations suggested)
Location: Gallery 1