Screening of "Style Wars" (1983)
October 19, 2019 | 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Style Wars is the legendary hip-hop documentary and a timeless film classic, the indispensable record of a golden age of youthful creativity and exploding hip hop subculture. Directed by Tony Silver, and produced by Tony Silver and photographer Henry Chalfant, Style Wars was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival in 1984.

 

Style Wars captures the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as the graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile, MC’s, DJ’s and B-boys were rocking the city with new sounds and new moves, as street corner breakdance battles became performance art.

 

This program was organized in conjunction with the exhibition Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977 - 1987, on view at the Bronx Museum through March 8, 2020.

 

Read more about the exhibition here.

 

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Photo Credit: Martha Cooper
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