Sneak peek of "Kings of Rock" photo exhibit

Cey Adams' handy work for "Kings of Rock" photo exhibition

I got a sneak peek of the "Kings of Rock" photo exhibition, featuring photos by Sunny Bak and Talib Haqq, at Rush Arts Gallery yesterday afternoon. If you are in the New York City area, you should make an effort to see this great collection. The photographs capture a special period in both the Beastie Boys' and Run-DMC's history.

Sunny kindly agreed to allow me to videotape her photos with her narrating the story behind them:

Sunny's photos in this exhibition are available to purchase as 16 x 20 limited edition prints. All of the photos, with the exception of the first photo seen in the video, are $1000. The first photo (Beastie Boys on 18th Street) is $1200. You know you want one on your walls.

Talib Haqq's photos are of Run-DMC and the Def Jam/Rush Mgmt family. Talib agreed to be videotaped too, but unfortunately his photos were not hung on the wall before I had to leave so the video didn't get shot. Talib entertained me with stories of the Beastie Boys and Russell Simmons back in the day. Talib is the person who introduced Cey Adams to Russell Simmons, so he says Cey owes him for his career. Oh, snap!

In addition to Sunny's and Talib's photos, the exhibition includes several hip hop photos by other photographers and two new art works by Cey Adams, one of which is shown below.

The opening reception for "Kings of Rock" is today (Thursday, April 12) from 7-9 pm. It will be preceded by a presentation and book signing related to the book Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label with Bill Adler, Dan Charnas, and Cey Adams from 5-7 pm.

Bill Adler checks out Sunny Bak's photos at Rush Arts Gallery

When the "Kings of Rock" exhibition closes on Saturday, April 14, Sunny will be showing her photos at Ivy Brown Gallery in Manhattan in May. She also has plans to show the photos in Brooklyn, Boston, Europe, and Japan.

Rush Arts Gallery
526 W. 26th Street, Suite 311
New York, NY 10001