The artwork, presented by Chicago artist Theaster Gates as part of a group show called Social Works, includes 5,000 recordings from Frankie’s collection. Among the pieces on display are test and promo pressings from Knuckles’ heyday, as well as comments from pals like Danny Tenaglia.
Tenaglia wrote on printing of his 1995 album Hard & Soul, “Frankie, not only is it my joy to know you personally, but it’s a pleasure to be able to let you know how much you inspire me.”
Russell E.L. Butler is also digitizing Knuckles’ collection for preservation purposes.
Knuckles, dubbed “the godfather of house music,” was a house DJ and producer who helped popularize the genre in its early phases.
Check out some of the installation’s recordings and learn more about the exhibit here.
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