The Dirty South; Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse uses contemporary Southern hip hop as a portal into the constellation of aesthetic tropes integrating creative expression across musical genres and artistic media to show the legacy and impact of Black expression on American culture. By tracing the roots and aesthetic leanings of hip hop, the exhibition explores the sonic and visual parallels that provide the foundation not only for today’s musical expression, but for contemporary art and music over the past century.
“It is an honor to be part of The Warhol Foundation’s mission to support the visual arts coupled with its commitment to specifically support the voices of women, POC, Native Americans, and LGBTQ. It is simply thrilling to be part of an organization where we get to see these values writ large and implement real change in real life ways in the visual arts community that still so needs to move forward in terms of social justice, equality, and diversity. We put our money where our mouth is. How many institutions actually do that?”
Deborah Kass, Artist