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Nothing this good could last forever.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but with hip-hop that’s a serious understatement. Contact High explores four decades of iconic photography from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture.

Through more than 170 images of its most influential artists—Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, and Queen Latifah just for starters—Contact High celebrates hip-hop's evolution, connecting us with the peak experiences, personalities, and places that have shaped the world’s most popular music genre.

After two incredible years, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is heading into its final weeks at MoPOP. Don’t miss your chance to check out this wildly popular exhibition before it closes forever on January 7th, 2024.


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Nothing this good could last forever.

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words, but with hip-hop that’s a serious understatement.

Contact High explores four decades of iconic photography from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture. Through more than 170 images of its most influential artists—Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, and Queen Latifah just for starters—Contact High celebrates hip-hop's evolution, connecting us with the peak experiences, personalities, and places that have shaped the world’s most popular music genre.

After two incredible years, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop is heading into its final weeks at MoPOP. Don’t miss your chance to check out this wildly popular exhibition before it closes forever on January 7th, 2024.


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Exhibition Details

Aaliyah? Wu-Tang Clan? Sir Mix-A-Lot? We’ve got their greatest fashion, style, and branding triumphs right here. And it doesn’t stop with photographs: Contact High is jam-packed with 80s rap battle flyers; handwritten Tupac Shakur manuscripts; costumes from Sha-Rock, The Notorious B.I.G., and MF DOOM; and exclusive photo session contact sheets giving you a behind-the-scenes peek at the artistry, skill, and joy that went into creating and capturing some of music’s most legendary moments.


Exhibition made possible by the Annenberg Space for Photography + International Center of Photography. Curator Vikki Tobak, Creative Director Fab 5 Freddy. Based on the Book CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop by Vikki Tobak.


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Buy the Book

Can't make it to the exhibit? Purchase the book that inspired it CONTACT HIGH: A History of Hip-Hop by Vikki Tobak. Physical copies will also be available for purchase at the exhibition closing party.

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Fab 5 Freddy's Playlist

To ready yourself for an intimate glimpse into hip-hop's history, check out this playlist curated by Contact High’s creative director, hip-hop pioneer, and the original host of Yo! MTV Raps, Fab 5 Freddy.



Contact High Updates

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Exhibition made possible by the Annenberg Space for Photography + International Center of Photography.
Curator Vikki Tobak, Creative Director Fab 5 Freddy. Based on the Book CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop by Vikki Tobak.


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This project was supported, in part, by 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax

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