As cities have wrestled with America’s history with slavery — and the people and places tied to that past— the legacy of Faneuil Hall came under scrutiny. Before slavery was abolished in Boston, slave auctions were held at Faneuil Hall. Artist Steve Locke proposed an installation to reckon with that. But after Boston’s NAACP chapter and others voiced their opposition to Locke’s proposal, he withdrew it and moved on — literally. Now he’s based in New York, but Boston just can’t quit him. He joined Jared Bowen on The Culture Show to talk about his latest installation at MassArt and his upcoming appearance at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
From there, it’s a look into history. Hip-hop was born in the Bronx 51 years ago against a backdrop of street culture alive with beatboxing, rapping and record scratching. The young artists, whose hard knock stories were the hottest thing on vinyl, birthed a new music genre and simultaneously broke through old fashion boundaries. The Culture Show co-host Callie Crossley spoke to Sowmya Krishnamurthy about her new book, “Fashion Killa,“ which connects how record labels, magazines, designers and models converged to make hip-hop a revolutionary force in fashion.