We’re in the middle of a cross-cultural swoon between hip-hop and the art world, and the L.A. artist Kahlil Joseph’s collaboration with Kendrick Lamar—he of the 11 Grammy nominations—is one of the more thoughtfully bred love children to have emerged. The two-channel video installation is a meditation on W.E.B. Dubois’s term for African-Americans’ internal struggle between their African and American identities, and a sweeping view of the streets of Compton where Lamar grew up, all set to the rapper’s booming lyricism.
Queen Rose Family (da Stories)
The irrepressible artist and former James Franco enabler Kalup Linzy loves a good soap as much as the next freelancer. He has a touch of genius for casting his fabulous, homespun video “stories.” The fictional Queen Rose family is played by, in addition to Linzy himself, Michael Stipe, Leo Fitzpatrick, Tunde Adebimpe, and Hank Willis Thomas.
A History of Cuban Dance
The documentary filmmaker Lucy Walker has already scoured the landfills of Rio de Janeiro with the artist Vik Muniz, in her deeply felt 2010 film Waste Land, and now she is among the many cultural investigators cracking the open book that is Cuba. What better way to experience the sexy moves of Afro-Cuban rumba and reggaeton than through virtual reality goggles?