Courtesy of Michelle Leyva

This Saturday, Oct. 16, MoPOP is unveiling the new traveling exhibition Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop. The series of iconic photos explores the depth and history of the influential genre from the 1970s to the present.

Hundreds of rare images of hip-hop pioneers like Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, and others will take guests on a journey through the evolution of the genre.

Besides photographs and contact sheets featuring artists such as Aaliyah and Wu-Tang Clan, a number of significant items like the Dapper Dan jacket made for Rakim and MF DOOM’s mask will be on display.

Many permanent collection artifacts — like Grandmaster Flash’s turntables; issues of Flavor magazine; and costumes from legends like Sha-Rock and The Notorious B.I.G. — add to the experience.   

Visitors also have the chance to view a short documentary film highlighting photographers from the exhibit sharing insights into their craft.

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop will show through March 2023. Find tickets hereCheck out more activities happening at MoPOP here.

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