Luis Gispert: 'Hamilton' meets South Florida hip-hop at NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale

Article: 'Hamilton' meets South Florida hip-hop at NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale

Who’s appearing at the NSU Art Museum event?

Three artists and one hip-hop dancer are on the bill. There’s Peruvian-born artist William Cordova, who grew up spraying graffiti across Miami buildings, his works making references to urban hip-hop culture with spare illustrations of boom boxes and LPs. Miami-Dade College graduate and sculptor Luis Gispert also uses hip-hop iconography, such as turntables and chrome tire rims, to celebrate urban culture. (His “Cheerleaders” series of photos, for example, depict “chongas,” Miami-spawned slang that refers to young working-class Latinas, usually from Hialeah.) Meanwhile, Kandy G. Lopez, a Florida Atlantic University graduate, creates oil portraits that salute the urban “swag” of individuals living in rough communities.

Cordova, Gispert and Lopez will join Clearwater in a 6-7 p.m. artist talk about the history of South Florida hip-hop. That will be preceded by a 4-6 p.m. dance workshop by hip-hop dancer Alonzo Williams, who uses dance as a tool for “self-expression, social justice and fighting subjugation,” he writes in an artist statement.

When and where is it?

The “History of Art and Hip-Hop in South Florida” will take place 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. The event is part of the museum’s free Starry Night Thursdays programming, and seating is limited. RSVP by calling 954-262-0258 and visiting this website, or go to

Luis Gispert Taylor Art Collection