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Tahir Hemphill: Picasso, Baby!


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Tahir Hemphill: Picasso, Baby!
In conversation with Dexter Wimberly
Thursday, August 7, 2014
6:30–8pm
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public


Tahir Hemphill will be in conversation with Dexter Wimberly, and present on the development of his recent work, Picasso, Baby!


Tahir Hemphill is an award-winning advertising creative and multimedia artist working in the areas of interdisciplinary collaboration, thought and research. Hemphill is a 2012-2013 Hip Hop Archive Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a 2013 Fellow at The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.


Hemphill’s latest creation, Picasso, Baby!, is a network graph that visualizes the connections between rappers and the modern & contemporary painters they name drop in their lyrics. Spanning 1979–2014 the graph gives a glimpse of the historical relationship that rappers have to visual artists, including the mastery of Pablo Picasso, the perceived archetypal divisiveness of Yoko Ono, and the ever-increasing popularity of Jean-Michel Basquiat, to name a few.


Wimberly and Hemphill will discuss the origins of Picasso, Baby! as well as its implications for art marketing, communications, and research.


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with TAHIR in the subject line.

August 7, 2014

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

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Tahir Hemphill

Tahir Hemphill is an award-winning advertising creative and multimedia artist working in the areas of interdisciplinary collaboration, thought and research. Hemphill has planned strategy for businesses in the entertainment, advertising, and nonprofit industries. He has conceived and implemented design-based solutions for brands including Mercedes Benz, L’Oreal, Verizon, and Microsoft. Hemphill has been a consultant for Y&R, Publicis, Grey, Saatchi & Saatchi and Burrell Communications. Hemphill’s artwork is featured in the Talk to Me exhibit at MoMA which explores design and the communication between people and objects. Hemphill’s work has been exhibited at Siggraph (Siggraph 2002); Queens Museum of Art (Queens International Biennial, 2002) and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Black New York Photographers of the Twentieth Century, 1999). Hemphill holds a B.A. in Spanish Language from Morehouse College, a Strategic Planning Certificate from Miami Ad School and a M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute — where he authored and designed a treatise on the methodologies of creatives who use traditional advertising techniques to promote subversive and prosocial campaigns. Hemphill manages the media arts education program for the Rap Research Lab —  a place for teaching art, design, data analysis and data visualisation to students from the Bronx using his project based curriculum which visualizes Hip Hop as a cultural indicator. Hemphill is a 2012 Creative Capital Grantee, a 2012-2013 Hip Hop Archive Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and a 2013 Fellow at The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Tahir is managing the satellite projects (research, education, art, technology & marketing) associated with his searchable rap almanac the Hip Hop Word Count.


Dexter Wimberly

Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator, and formerly the Director of Strategic Planning at ICI. An accomplished entrepreneur, curator and passionate supporter of the arts, Wimberly has exhibited the work of over 300 artists in the U.S. and internationally. He maintains a critical dialogue with emerging artists throughout the world by way of exhibitions, public programs, and lectures at galleries and institutions such as Mixed Greens Gallery, Driscoll Babcock Galleries, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Historical Society, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), The Savannah College of Art and Design, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Prior to entering the art world, Wimberly was the co-founder and CEO of the pioneering youth marketing, PR and advertising agency, August Bishop. From 1995 - 2008 Wimberly directed the firm’s acquisition of prestigious clients including Adidas America, The Coca-Cola Company, L’Oreal USA, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Virgin Mobile USA, Guinness World Records, Sirius Satellite Radio, and Turner Broadcasting.


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