Curatorial & Editorial
Fresh Dressed, 2017
Screening contributor and supporter
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis IN
Pattern magazine teamed up with Samuel E Vázquez to secure the screening of Fresh Dressed, as a special programming of the exhibition City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s.
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-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.
Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, André Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid ‘N Play & many others.
Exhibition organizing, curating, marketing direction, graphic design
Rapp Family Gallery/Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis IN
A group exhibition featuring works by Samuel E Vázquez, Atsu Kpotufe, Danicia Monét, Gary Gee, Michael Evans, Jennifer Delgadillo, Hector Del Campo, Ayanna Tibbs, Heather Ward Miles, Daniel Del Real, Stephen Heathcock, Roger Blood.
Style & Frequency, 2017
Event organizing, curating, hosting
An immersive experience that shares about the birth of the New York City subway style writing movement.
This event is presented by InCultur.
Exhibition catalogue graphic design
Designed and published on the occasion of the solo exhibition, Unyielding, at Gallery 924 in Indianapolis, IN.
What You Write, 2012—2017
Editorial Content Contribution
Personally invited by Freddy Mack aka SKEW (RIP 2017) founder of What You Write, Samuel E Vázquez aka BRAME contributed editorial content on style writing history, exhibitions, events, and activities.
What You Write was one of the most visited global style writing blogs.
Exhibition co-organizing, marketing direction, graphic design
Rapp Family Gallery / Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis IN
A 3-person exhibition featuring new work by Gary Gee, Hector Del Campo, and Samuel E Vázquez.
Write of Passage - Piece Out, 2013
Event concept development
New York City and Kingston NY
Concept proposal for notable New York City style writers to paint a vintage subway car was presented to David "Chino" Villorente. Red Bull Studios NYC and Mass Appeal sponsored the Write of Passage: Piece Out event and the accompanying exhibition and educational programming.
The Write of Passage: Piece Out event yielded further interest in painting vintage New York City subway cars. As a result, The Burning of Kingston event was created.
Style Wars, 2013
Screening organizing, introduction, q&a; Live painting organizing, solo participant
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis IN
Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, Style Wars was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival.
Style Wars is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis.
Style Wars captured the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art.
New York’s legendary kings of graffiti and b-boys own a special place in the hip hop pantheon. Style Wars has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.
In An Expression of the Inexpressible, 2009
Exhibition lead co-curation/organizing, marketing direction, graphic design
Dean Johnson Gallery, Indianapolis IN
From the first images featured on rock and roll record sleeves through contemporary music videos and magazines, graphic design has played an integral role in visualizing music. For instance, Andy Warhol's artwork for the Velvet Underground and Peter Saville's iconic Joy Division album covers are forever burned in our collective cultural memory as images synonymous with the music.
In An Expression of the Inexpressible features contemporary international artists and designers whose work showcases the current interaction of music and design. Features art, graphic design and video works.
Participating artists: Stefan Sagmeister, Non-Format, KarlssonWilker, Mike Mills, Trevor Jackson, Yokoland, Sara Haraigue, Mario Hugo, RD Granados, Stereotype Design, Standard Motion, Si Scott, Sonnenzimmer, Roger Bova, Shannon McGlothin, Jean Jullien, Hannah Waldron, Chris Rubino and Géraldine Georges.
Special thanks to Blonde Redhead, for kindly lending the title of their 1998 album, In An Expression of the Inexpressible.
Exhibit promotion materials image: Black Devil Disco Club / Eight Oh Eight LP sleeve by Non-Format. Image by Géraldine Georges.
Press & Mentions (partial list): Agence France-Presse, German Design Council, Visuelle, Netdiver, Collective Empire, FFFFOUND!, Type for you., Form Fifty Five, Thinking for a Living, Dirty Mouse, Bitique, TypoJungle, Grafikcache, TypeNeu, Quipsologies/Under Consideration, The Strange Attractor, Swiss Legacy
The In An Expression of the Inexpressible website was visited by people in over 70 countries.
25 Above Water, 2005—2006
Exhibition curation, organizing, marketing direction, graphic design
2006, Marsh Gallery—Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis IN
A collection of limited edition posters, created in the days following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, by artists throughout the United States. From Oct 05—Sept 06 proceeds benefited hurricane relief efforts.
Participating artists: Rick Valicenti/3st, Mike Joyce/Stereotype Design, Clint! Runge, Sean Donnelly, Chris Rubino, Shannon McGlothin, Al Wasco, Luis Peña, Michael Norman Olson, RD Granados, Jonathan McGlothin, Andrio Abero, Samuel E Vázquez, Mike Essl, Ryan Kegley, Justin Wright, Paul Sahre, Firebelly Design Co., Scott Thares, Eric Kass, Rich DeSimone/Lucky Bunny, Richard Boynton, SpotCo
Press & Mentions (partial list): Boing Boing, Design Observer, Indy’s Music Channel, Intake, Nuvo, Omaha World Herald, Print, STEP inside design, Stereotype Mini, Graphic 09, WFYI TV 20 (PBS).
The 25 Above Water website was visited by nearly 2 million people.
Exhibition website graphic design
A group exhibition featuring works by latino artists living in Indiana. The works were on display at Dean Johnson Gallery and Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler Arts Center in Indianapolis, IN.
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