Travel: Kung Fu Wildstyle Combines Hip Hop & Martial Arts For Exciting New Museum Experience
To celebrate the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, " Kung Fu WildStyle", a month-long exhibition and program series highlighting connections between African American and East Asian art, music, and film launched. Kung Fu Wildstyle, explores pop culture through contemporary street art, featuring works by legendary street artist and hip-hop impresario Fab 5 Freddy and Hong Kong graffiti and hip-hop pioneer MC Yan. They examine how Bruce Lee and kung fu affected New York City’s street culture and emerging hip-hop scene in the 1970s. Fab and MC Yan also show how this influence came full circle when hip-hop inspired a generation of Hong Kong street kids in the 1990s. Their paintings, which have previously popped up in New York, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, are enhanced by concerts, talks, and film screenings throughout April.
Currently on view at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C., through April 30, 2017, Kung Fu Wildstyle looks at the influence of Bruce Lee and kung fu on 1970s New York street culture and Hip Hop which, in turn, came full circle in the 1990s, inspiring a new generation of Hong Kong street culture. The exhibition includes a series of events that present art works, film, music, and performance together, showcasing the consistent intersections between the cultures over the past 40 years. From Enter the Dragon (1973) to Wild Style (1983) visitors have been able to reconnect with the independent spirit that launched a brand new culture to the world. On Thursday, April 27, the Smithsonian will host The LA Uprising 25 Years Later at the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.