"Brooklyn's Finest" Photography and Art Exhibition Featuring Jamel Shabazz and The Odd Partners September 29, 2011 @ Nu Hotel Brooklyn: 6p-9p - Open Bar and Hors D'oevures

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Nu Hotel Presents "Brooklyn's Finest: The Evolution of Brooklyn's Most Celebrated Photographer and Graffiti Crew" featuring internationally renowned Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz and the legendary Brooklyn graffiti crew, The Odd Partners.

NU Hotel Brooklyn, the borough’s greenest and most artist friendly hotel, will be continuing its tradition of spotlighting exceptional local artists who have achieved international acclaim through their artwork with the upcoming “Brooklyn’s Finest” exhibition. The event will be held from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, September 29, 2011 and showcase renowned Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz alongside the works of James Top, Duro and Archer, three members of the legendary graffiti crew The Odd Partners. Selected pieces spanning the artists’ three decades long and running careers will be on display in the lobby and café area of the hotel. Additionally, each artist will have his respective works featured in one of the hotel’s innovative, custom-designed guest rooms.

According to NU Hotel GM Javier Egipciaco, “We are extremely honored to host a show that juxtaposes the artwork of Brooklyn’s most famous graffiti crew with images from the greatest photographer of the human experience to emerge out of Brooklyn.” In celebration of this momentous event, Nu Hotel Brooklyn will be providing everyone in attendance with a complimentary “Westside,” the hotel’s signature cocktail from master mixologist Milos Zica. There will also be complimentary hors d’oeuvres passed throughout the event with free beer generously provided by Brooklyn Brewery and an open wine bar until 9pm. Entertainment for the evening will include rapidly-rising DJ duo Buttersauce, as well as live painting by Danielle Mastrion and airbrushing by CJ “Statch” Cureton. Confirmed celebrity guests include Councilwoman Letitia James, hip-hop pioneer Dana Dane and acclaimed photographer Ricky Powell.

RSVP is required for admittance into the event. Please e-mail: rsvp(at)nuhotelbrooklyn(dot)com

WHO: Photographer Jamel Shabazz and James Top, Duro and Archer of The Odd Partners graffiti crew
WHAT: NU Hotel Presents “Brooklyn’s Finest: The Evolution of Brooklyn’s Most Celebrated Photographer and Graffiti Crew”
WHERE: 85 Smith St (just north of Atlantic Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11201
WHEN: September 29, 2011: 6pm-9pm
WHY: Legendary artwork and free booze.

NU Hotel Brooklyn is an environmentally conscious, first-class hotel, conveniently located at the intersection of four happening Brooklyn neighborhoods (Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens). NU Hotel Brooklyn manages to encapsulate that old school Brooklyn community vibe of having exquisite international cuisine, one of a kind boutiques shops and world famous entertainment within a stone’s throw of where you rest your head comfortably at night.

Jamel Shabazz is a Brooklyn-born photographer who has been documenting the “Urban Life” for over 30 years, while having three seminal books to his credit, including “Back in the Days” and “A Time Before Crack.”

The Odd Partners (TOP) formed in Brooklyn during the mid-1970s, quickly establishing themselves as one of the most prolific bombing crews in NYC writing. Founding member James Top currently produces the cable television show Graffiti NYC and is best known for his iconic Afro pieces which make acute observations on the world of entertainment, social issues, politics and the African-American experience. Duro has been writing since the 1970s and his work is featured in numerous graffiti books, most notably “Subway Art” and “Hip Hop Files.” Duro also appears in the classic graffiti film Style Wars and was part of the Whitney Museum’s “The American Century” exhibition. Archer started writing in 1983 in the L.E.S. and joined TOP in the early 2000s. His current artwork is highly influenced by NYC subway landscapes.

For further information, please contact NU Hotel Brooklyn at 718.852.8585. http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com

For press inquires or to schedule an interview, please contact David Terra at 917.710.3591 or nuhotelbrooklyn(at)gmail(dot)com

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