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Los Angeles Remembers Hip-Hop’s Tupac Shakur With “Wake Me When I’m Free” Exhibit
Tupac Shakur has been immortalized for many generations of Hip-Hop lovers and Black revolutionary thought-leaders, although his life tragically ended after only 25 years.
This year the activist and artist will be further immortalized in the L.A. exhibition dedicated to poignant discussions of Shakur’s manifestations of freedom, Black thought and lyricism.
With never-before-seen memorabilia and relics of his musical and film career, the fully immersive experience that delves into the life of the legendary Tupac Shakur opened this January and has ignited much excitement about the true extent of Shakur’s contribution.
In collaboration with the Shakur Estate, the exhibit blends a genius mixture of technology, contemporary art and items from Shakur’s personal archives. Exploring the wider activism alongside the artistry, the exhibit serves to illuminate and honor the unknown aspects of Tupac’s life.
Located at L.A. LIVE, the ‘Wake Me When I’m Free’ exhibition has added new layers to the archival nature of the museum landscape in the city.
The exhibit’s Creative Director Jeremy Hodges said, “We intentionally created a thought-provoking experience, so it gives context to who Tupac was.”
Adding layers to what visitors should expect from the exhibition, Arron Saxe, the exhibit’s producer and president of Kinfolk Management + Media said that the intention was to create more than a “hip-hop exhibit”.
The exhibit, which will include notebooks filled with poems and songs in Shakur’s own handwriting, will allow for visitors to see beyond Shakur’s musical contribution to Hip-Hop, which has been quite widely explored. Instead, this exhibition allows for a detailed look at Shakur’s retelling of the Black experience in the US, the influence of his mother, Afeni Shakur, in his life and various redefinitions and literary self-portraits.
In a sentence, the “Wake Me When I’m Free” exhibit is an unmatched opportunity to see the intersections of Shakur’s revolutionary visions and his untamed vulnerabilities, a sure reason to check out the brilliance of Shakur.
More information about bookings and and tickets can be found at wakemewhenimfree.com.