We are thrilled to partner with Newfields to screen Fresh Dressed! The educational presentation before the showing is made possible thanks to an Indiana Humanities grant!
Join us at 6p for cocktails and then at 6:30p hear a presentation by Samuel E. Vasquez to help set the stage for the film. Screening will begin at 7p.
Fresh Dressed is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-filled history film draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders. Presented as part of City As Canvas.
Having grown up in New York City in the late 70s and 80s, Samuel E Vázquez will share personal insight on the urban youth's fashion of the time. Vázquez will highlight key factors including; the socio-economic, political, and cultural climate of the city, that gave birth to progressive fashion styles—and how these styles' significance solidified a "uniting front" within the inner city's youth.
Samuel E Vázquez is visual artist, historian, and scholar working primarily in mixed media. His inspiration is rooted in the New York City subway style writings of the 1970s and 80s, along with the works of Ed Clark, Jackson Pollock, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Vázquez’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. He has lectured on the history and birth of graffiti/style writing and hip hop culture in venues such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis, New York City College of Technology-CUNY, Indianapolis Public Library Central Branch, Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center, and Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. His work is in private and public collections including The Joanna Nixon Collection, Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and The Miles Family Collection.
Vázquez is a 2017 Scholar In Residence at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and a 2017-18 Creative Renewal Arts Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Currently, Samuel is a featured artist in City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s.