Odious pharma-douche and soon to be jailbird Martin Shkreli may have sold the sole copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, but if you were never able to afford the $1,000,000 auction price, there’s another event tomorrow evening at the Asian Art Museum that’ll get you a bit more bang for the buck.
Along with Mustafa Shaikh, rapper-producer and de facto Wu-Tang leader RZA founded and 36 Chambers, a fashion label named after the Staten Island hip-hop collective’s 1993 debut album — and it’s launching its Emperors Treasures collection on Friday, Sept. 22. In addition to a preview look at the line’s fall/winter goods, RZA and cultural historian Jeff Chang of Stanford’s Institute for the Diversity in the Arts will bring da motherfuckin’ ruckus to the Asian Art Museum in the form of two erudite conversation on fashion and hip-hop culture, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Chang is also the author of the authoritative study Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America.)
Inspired in part by works contained within the museum’s collection, Emperors Treasures also reflects Wu-Tang’s longstanding fascination with martial arts films — refracted through Chinese calligraphy and the iconography of Buddhism, by way of veganism. Dancers and DJs will round out the evening alongside demonstrations of the art of calligraphy, and attendees can even adorn their own clothing with 36 Chambers patches.
RZA and Jeff Chang in conversation and 36 Chambers’ Emperors Treasures preview, Thursday, Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St. $10-$20, asianart.org.