Sunday Screening: Hip Hop on the LES at Clayton Patterson’s Gallery

Kevin and Troy Harris. Photo by Clayton Patterson.

Pretty much no one escapes Clayton Patterson’s gallery/studio on Essex Street without having their photo taken. Troy and Kevin Harris were no exception.   But they probably did not mind. Patterson, the ever-present Lower East Side documentarian, is an inspiration to these two filmmakers.   Troy and Kevin, brothers who grew up in the Baruch Houses, have been working on a documentary project of their own — a history of hip hop on the LES. Some of the footage was shot in the 70’s and 80’s. Other interviews were recorded more recently.

On Sunday, they’ll screen a 30 minute preview of the film, “No Place Like Home: The History of Hip Hop in the Lower East Side,” at the Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum, 161 Essex Street at 2 p.m.  It’s free, but you’ve got to go by the BMW Guggenhein Lab (East Houston & 2nd Street) to pick up tickets.  If you’d like to read more about the doc, there’s a lengthy profile in this week’s edition of the Villager.