Brooklyn Public Library honours Jay-Z with “The Book of HOV” exhibition

“The Book of HOV” multimedia exhibition currently on view at the Brooklyn Public Library, celebrates Jay-Z. 

The free show presents a curated selection of images, art and ephemera spanning his nearly three-decade career across music, business and philanthropy. Also on view is an immersive mural that was commissioned by Roc Nation and created by British artist, Jazz Grant. 

Much like his metaphorical lyrics, the mural is riddled with symbolism — from the Marcy Projects where he grew up, archival images of his early rap days to a myriad of never-before-seen artwork and ephemera that Grant meticulously hand-cut in his signature collage aesthetic. 

Based in Kent, Grant looks to create meaning from readily available images. “I’m driven by an urge to try and create something that I haven’t seen before,” he previously told It’s Nice That. “It excites me that it is possible to make something truly unique from images that already exist. I think that’s why I started to make collages.” 

You can witness his latest mural, along with The Book of HOV exhibition in its entirety at the Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch until October 2023.


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