Portrait of LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley

LL Cool J (detail) by Kehinde Wiley / Oil on canvas, 2005 ? National POrtrait Gallery on loan from LL Cool J / © Kehinde Wiley

RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

February 28, 2008 - October 26, 2008

The six artists and one poet whose work was included in "RECOGNIZE!" have approached hip hop culture through the lens of portraiture, and, in combination, their contributions highlight its vitality and beauty. Hip hop has inspired people throughout its history to use their minds and their talent to create something larger than simply themselves. Whether they have found expression DJ-ing, MC-ing, break-dancing, or art-making, hip hop has given voice and visibility to a new generation.

  • RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

    View of "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

    View of "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

    View of "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

    View of "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture." Photo by Mark Gulezian.