On August 11, 1973, Clive Campbell (aka DJ Kool Herc) set up two turntables inside the rec room of an apartment complex in the West Bronx for his sister’s birthday party. As he volleyed between the drum breaks on each record, creating a new sound that had never been heard before, little did he realize that his DJ set would mark the birthplace of hip-hop.
An artist searching for color in modern times has to do little other than select a tube of pigment off the shelf. But centuries ago, creating the perfect pigment involved getting creative with ingredients such as crushed insects, burnt bones or cow urine. Continue reading New Exhibition Unfolds the “Bizarre” Stories Behind Centuries-Old Pigments