A Kanye West Art Exhibit Is Coming to NYC





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Published on Apr 20, 2016

If you’re a fan of music, art, and Kanye West, you might be interested in this upcoming exhibit inspired by The Life of Pablo.

Coordinated and curated by Brianni Taylor, the NYC event is being touted as a celebration of the polarizing figure—honoring his vision and cultural impact through West-themed art and music. And, naturally, it took one of Ye’s biggest supporters to bring it all together.

“I've always wanted to curate an art exhibit that was meaningful to me," Taylor explained to Complex via e-mail. "Overall I am a HUGE fan of Kanye West. I was anticipating his album every day […] once he dropped The Life Of Pablo, and I heard ‘Ultra Light Beam,’ in my mind I was like, ‘This guy is a genius.’”

Only a day after the album's release, Taylor began to organize the interactive exhibition, which will feature music by DJ Q. Shepard and the work of 15 different artists. She says everything from canvas paintings to sculptures to fashion will be presented at the show. There will also be West-inspired treats, like cupcakes by Lexy's Cupcake Bar and ice cream made and served by Mikey Likes It Ice Cream. But that’s not all: Guests will also be treated to an open bar, giveaways, and raffle items; so it's not exactly your typical art exhibit, but Ye has never been the “traditional” type.

“I look at Kanye West as a visionary," Taylor says. "I think his music, his videos, his style, his vision as a whole is pretty much flawless. I feel that Kanye is such a great talent, and sometimes people let the things he says via social media or television dilute his real messages […] Kanye is very futuristic, way before his time, he sees things before it happens. I don't see a reason NOT to have an exhibition inspired by his vision, inspired by him.”

The event will go down from 7 to 11 p.m. May 19 at the Avant Garde by MMC, 319 Grand St. It will also serve as a fundraiser for The Kids League, a foundation that creates development workshops for children in low-income neighborhoods.

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