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9. March 2022 @ 10:00 - 18:00

With “Martha Cooper: Taking Pictures” the URBAN NATION Museum presents the first comprehensive retrospective of Martha Cooper’s photographic work to date. Using photographs and personal objects, the exhibition, which spans six decades, traces Martha Cooper’s life and pays tribute to her as an important documentarist of the worldwide Urban Art movement

The retrospective at the URBAN NATION Museum is the institution’s first photo and documentary exhibition. “Martha Cooper: Taking Pictures” sets new trends in the museum program. The curators Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo (Brooklyn Street Art) in close cooperation with Martha Cooper, have created a multimedia exhibition in which artistic works and documentary material are juxtaposed.

Visitors will receive an exclusive insight into Martha Cooper’s collection of sketchbooks (so-called “Black Books”) and memorabilia as well as into her extensive photo archive. Numerous objects from her personal collection contextualize her work and its cultural and historical relevance.


In the late 1970s, Martha Cooper began documenting graffiti and hip hop, phenomenons not previously known by that name. While in 1977 she became the first female photographer to work for the New York Post, she developed a sense for this important moment in cultural history. Forty years later, it is evident that she succeeded in capturing the spirit of the times in her photographs in an impressive manner while setting a monument to the Urban Art movement.

„Historic preservation is my thing […]  I’m always looking to take a picture that will be of interest in the future—a photograph that will become representative of its time.“ – Martha Cooper



Museum for Urban Contemporary Art.

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Wed: 10:00 – 18:00
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Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin, Germany



9. March 2022
10:00 - 18:00
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