RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder at Red Bull Arts New York

Red Bull Arts New York is excited to announce RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, the largest survey to date of one of the most influential yet overlooked artists of the 20th century. The exhibition will be on view from May 4August 262018. For the first time, the exhibition preview on May 3 will coincide with the first event of the 2018 edition of Red Bull Music Festival New York.

The cultural impact of the equation know as The Rammellzee (1960-2010)—legendary artist, graff writer, hip-hop pioneer, Gothic Futurist theoretician, and New York cult icon—laid the groundwork for today’s interdisciplinary creative hyphenates. A polymath who emerged from the late 1970’s New York City graffiti and hip hop culture as “King of the A Line,” Rammellzee has always been an in-the-know reference. Making striking cameos in works by his contemporaries, he took the stage in Charlie Ahearn’s early hip-hop film classic “Wild Style,” appeared in Blondie’s “Rapture,” mesmerized in his cameo for director Jim Jarmusch’s “Stranger Than Paradise,” and was depicted wearing his signature sunglasses by his one-time collaborator Jean-Michel Basquiat in the painting “Hollywood Africans.” Rammellzee’s seminal record “Beat Bop”—produced and first issued by Basquiat—is still widely regarded as one of the foundational tracks of early rap, and has inspired myriad artists such as Parliament Funkadelic, the Beastie Boys and RATKING.

Start Date

May 4, 2018

End Date

August 26, 2018


12:00 PM - 07:00 PM


Red Bull Arts New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA

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