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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CANCELED: T.I. and Michael Rooks to 'rap' at the High Museum

UPDATE: The Jan. 29 Rap Sessions event with T.I., High Museum curator Michael Rooks and Art Papers guest editor Fahamu Pecou has been canceled due to inclement weather. The High Museum will try to reschedule if possible, however no rescheduled date has yet been set.

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Now that Art Papers magazine's Art x Hip-Hop issue has hit newsstands, the public engagement begins. Guest editor Fahamu Pecou held an invite-only issue release party at Midtown's Stir It Up restaurant Thursday night. With music by DJ Jaycee, the guest list included new Art Papers editor Victoria Camblin, Funk Jazz Kafe founder Jason Orr, Art Beats + Lyrics founder Jabari Graham, visual artist Fabian Williams, photographer Shannon McCollum, AJC staff writer Ernie Suggs, multimedia artist/musician Bosco, filmmakers Roni Nicole, Artemus Jenkins, creatives Chilly-O, Bem Joiner, and more.

In keeping with the issue's themed mashup of fine art and hip-hop, the next related event, Rap Sessions, kicks off a series of curated conversations - moderated by Pecou - that will feature dialogue between two notable Atlantans. First up: Rapper T.I. and High Museum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Michael Rooks will take part in an exchange "dedicated to interrogating art and hip-hop not as isolated encounters, but rather where they intersect, how they complement and enhance each other, and, ultimately, how in conversation they act to transgress the status quo," per the event description.

It goes down this Wed., Jan. 29 at the High Museum's Hill Auditorium and is free and open-to-the-public. There's limited seating, so you must reserve your spot in advance on the High's website.

More Rap Sessions are in the works for the month of February, so stay tuned. And Storify transcripts of Pecou's ongoing Open Mic Twitter conversations with contributing writers to the issue are also available, featuring Shantrelle Lewis on her essay, "The Devil is a Liar: The Diasporic Trickster Tales of Jean-Michel Basquiat & Kendrick Lamar," and Katie Cercone on her essay "Eye Candy is Dandy: Rashaad Newsome's Hip-Hop Heraldry & The New Black Swag."

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