Schnitzer Cinema continues its season with “Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer”

This screening of is hosted by Dr. Andre Sirois, who teaches hip-hop culture in Cinema Studies


EUGENE, Ore. -- (November 3, 2016) – On Wednesday, November 9 at PLC 180 on the University of Oregon campus, Schnitzer Cinema screens “Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer.” Hosted by Dr. Andre Sirois, who teaches hip-hop culture in Cinema Studies, the screening begins at 7 p.m. Schnitzer Cinema, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art’s annual film series is curated by Richard Herskowitz, JSMA curator of media arts. This is years series is focused on the theme, In the Streets. 


For over thirty years, Jamel Shabazz has documented New York street life, most famously in his legendary photographs of the early hip hop scene, collected in his book “Back in the Days.” Director Charlie Ahearn’s lively documentary gives voice and context to the evocative images created by Shabazz. The film traces his life from his army service days and his time as a corrections officer to his work as a groundbreaking photographer, capturing the pioneers of a revolutionary music and style. With interviews from Shabazz himself, hip hop historian Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite, legendary rapper KRS-One, and more, the film is a vibrant portrait of the origins of the origins of Hip Hop.


“Charlie Ahearn captured the early days of hip hop in his classic film ‘Wild Style’, and so he is the perfect person to direct a film about another pioneering documenter of hip hop culture, the great street photographer Jamel Shabazz,” says Richard Herskowitz, JSMA curator of media arts.


The Schnitzer Cinema series is cosponsored by Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, and Department of English.


About the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is a premier Pacific Northwest museum for exhibitions and collections of historic and contemporary art based in a major university setting. The mission of the museum is to enhance the University of Oregon’s academic mission and to further the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for the general public.  The JSMA features significant collections galleries devoted to art from China, Japan, Korea, America and elsewhere as well as changing special exhibition galleries.  The JSMA is one of six museums in Oregon accredited by the American Association of Museums.


The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the University of Oregon campus at 1430 Johnson Lane. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens. Free admission is given to ages 18 and under, JSMA members, college students with ID, and University of Oregon faculty, staff and students. For information, contact the JSMA, 541-346-3027.


About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of "Very High Research Activity" in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.


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