The Frankie Knuckles Foundation is offering fans a peek inside the famed house music pioneer’s record collection.
The collection, which now resides at Theaster Gates‘ Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, features rows and rows of records, including some of Frankie’s very own material.
“There are people that are transformed by this music,” Gates said. “I really want to make sure that no only is there is a really great home for these objects but really that this home allows for some of these conversations to grow.”
“Our hope is to attract world class DJs and local DJs, who are the scholars of house, and invite them to pump the music as hard as they can, to be in the spirit of Frankie Knuckles and share that with this neighborhood, our city and the world,” Gates added.
Through the Foundation Frankie’s legacy is not only kept alive, but some of the causes he advocated for are still supported well after his passing, including music in school, LGBTQ youth homelessness, diabetes research and more.
Currently, there is the “House in the Afternoon” exhibit at the Stony Island Arts Bank, where visitors can check out the Frankie Knuckles shrine and listen to music from the artist’s collection. That exhibit is open from April all the way until the end of May.
Several months back came an episode of Unsung that was dedicated to the “Godfather of House Music.”
The show chronicled the house music pioneer from his time impressing audiences at New York City’s Paradise Garage, to his DJ’ing at Chicago’s legendary Warehouse, which is widely recognized as the birthplace of house music.
The show also highlighted fellow Chicago house artists such as Jesse Saunders; Wayne Williams; Steve “Silk” Hurley; Marshall Jefferson; Jamie Principle; Alan King; and Farley “Jackmaster” Funk.
Check out a teaser video of Frankie’s record collection below.