20, 2017, Jersey City, NJ – The first exhibit of the new year presented by the Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of
Cultural Affairs is one of the most unique and explores a cultural
exhibit, “Hip-Hop Utopia: Culture +
Community” was curated by Michelle Vitale and Fred Fleisher, and may be
viewed from Monday, January 23rd through Tuesday, February 21st
in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III & Dennis C. Hull Gallery, 71 Sip
Avenue in Jersey City. The exhibit and all of the related events are open to
the entire community and there is no charge for admission.
its inception, hip-hop has given a voice to the marginalized and
disenfranchised. Today, the park jams have evolved into a global community of
bold expression that influences and provides commentary on current issues
ethnicity, class, and gender.
exhibition features artists Karlos Carcomo, Raphael Gonzalez and street art
aficionado Lois Stavsky, among others. Mr. Carcomo’s work has been exhibited
throughout New York City, including Artists’ Space, The Brooklyn Museum, PS1
Center for Contemporary Art, El Museo del Barrio and Queens Museum of Art. Photographer Raphael Gonzalez (aka Zurbaran
1) has created visually dynamic images of street art that primarily focus on
artists at work for several years. Mr. Gonzalez often collaborates with the
street artists he photographs; his work has included some of the world’s most
renowned graffiti artists, including Giz, Trans 1, Noir, and Fumero. The
popular graffiti-focused art blog, STREETARTNYC, which is curated by Lois
Stavsky, will be digitally featured in the Gallery as part of the exhibit. STREETARTNYC
has been recognized for capturing some of the greatest graffiti from around the
The “Hip-Hop Utopia: Culture + Community” exhibit
will also include artists and community partners Grove Street Bicycles,
Chilltown Collective, and artist Yishai Minkin, as well as Hudson County Community
College alumni Freddy Samboy, Alex Melo, Eligio A. Rosa and Karon Clerk.
exhibit reception is scheduled for Tuesday evening, January 31st
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be a panel discussion with exhibit
artists and community members titled “Utopia or Bust,” on Wednesday, February 8th
from noon to 2 p.m.
two-part listening session, “Turntable Tuesdays,” featuring Jersey City-based
DJs Kevlove and Unkle Chip will take place on February 7th and
February 21st from 6 to 8 p.m.
those who visit the exhibition may sign up for a chance to win a graffiiti’d,
fat-tire bicycle donated by Grove Street Bicycles.
on the top floor of the HCCC Library, the Benjamin J. Dineen, III & Dennis
C. Hull Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on
Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (The Gallery is closed on Sundays.)
information on “Hip-Hop Utopia: Culture +
Community” may be obtained by emailing Gallery@hccc.edu.