Parties, events planned for 'D-Cyphered' hip-hop exhibit

click to enlarge Supa Emcee in a tribute to Proof. D-Cyphered is dedicated to the late rapper. - Jenny Risher
Jenny Risher
Supa Emcee in a tribute to Proof. D-Cyphered is dedicated to the late rapper.
D-Cyphered — the Detroit's Institute of Arts' new hip-hop photography exhibition — opens to the public on Thursday.

The opening reception will feature an appearance by photographer Jenny Risher — along with many of the subjects of her photos, including Nick Speed, who will be on hand for a performance. Tickets are $25 and available here. The reception starts at 8 p.m. and will feature light snacks and a bar.

click to enlarge Artists featured in the DIA's D-Cyphered helping create cocktails at Joebar in Hazel Park. - Joe Vaughn
Joe Vaughn
Artists featured in the DIA's D-Cyphered helping create cocktails at Joebar in Hazel Park.
As an afterparty, Hazel Park's Joebar will host a Detroit hip-hop listening party featuring live performances by Nick Speed, Supa Emcee, and Alexis Allon. The party goes from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Joebar will also feature two new D-Cyphered-themed cocktails, created with the help of some of the artists featured in the show. The D-Cyphered Sidecar (Hennessy, dry Curaçao, lemon, mango) and the D-Cyphered Ketel (Ketel One, pineapple, mango, lime, honey) will be served for the duration of the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 18.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, the DIA will host a rap battle featuring Detroit artists. From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the museum will host a "Hip-Hop Family Festival" with graffiti art and breakdancing. On Saturday, the Detroit Film Theatre will screen Wild Style, a documentary on hip-hop in the South Bronx in the 1980s.

D-Cyphered is the DIA's first exhibition focused exclusively on Detroit music. Metro Times contributor Kahn Santori Davison wrote about the exhibition and Risher's work for last week's cover story; check it out here.


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