First Major Tupac Shakur Exhibition to Take Place in Los Angeles

By Kiani Belgrave

Tupac Shakur’s estate has announced the upcoming exhibit, “Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free,” the first art expedition officially sanctioned by the late rapper’s estate. 

Set to open on a limited run on January 21, 2022, at The Canvas in Los Angeles, California, “Wake Me When I’m Free,” is described as part museum, part art installation, part sensory experience that focuses on the life of the iconic artist. Pac’s music, poetry, and never-before-seen artifacts will be displayed across the 20,000 square foot space.  

Visitors can expect a strong presence from Tupac’s late mother and Black Panther Afeni Shakur. “Afeni was the baddest Black Woman to walk the planet. She raised awareness and shifted the atmosphere wherever she went,” Jamal Joseph, Tupac’s Godfather and Special Advisor to the Estate, shared. “Tupac’s brilliance shined brighter than the Sun. He lived and moved with creative – revolutionary- fearless-passion fueled speed of a comet. Afeni and Pac challenged, re-imagined, and transformed history.”

The expedition is produced in partnership with Round Room Live, CAA, Universal Music Group, and Kinfolk Management + Media and is led by Chief Curator and Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nwaka Onswusam, and award-winning Creative Director Jeremy Hodges and his firm, Project Art Collective. 

Presale Tickets for “Tupac Shakur: Wake Me When I’m Free” will be available for purchase on November 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. PST, while general tickets go live on November 12, 2021, at 10 a.m. PST. Fans can purchase their tickets on the exhibit’s official website. Those outside of Los Angeles and the US can stay tuned for more info as the exhibition is set to visit a limited number of domestic and international cities over the next few years.

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