Prominent Detroit photographer Jenny Risher is changing the look of the Detroit Institute of Arts with an innovative exhibit that spotlights Detroit hip-hop music. “D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher,” reveals 81 images of more than a couple hundred hip-hop artists — from the little-known underground players who are still honing their craft, to some of the biggest mainstream names in the industry.
The images are stylized and artsy, often featuring background elements that say “Detroit,” including the Renaissance Center, and the Fox Theatre. The cast list includes strong up-and-comers like Tee Grizzly and Black Milkright up to some of Detroit’s internationally known heavy-duty hip-hop stars like Big Sean, Eminem, Royce Da 5’9”, and Trick Trick.
“We look up to Detroit’s powerful music history,” says the lovely and talented Risher. “Of course, there’s Motown, our heavy jazz roots, and house and techno. But no one has ever done anything like this that celebrates Detroit hip-hop. I’m very proud of the exhibit, and I’m really happy that all the artists featured have agreed to visit and support, and I hope their fans will follow suit.”
Now that should create an interesting dynamic at Detroit’s most treasured museum — a band of hip-hop artists coming to check themselves out in the D-Cyphered exhibit, right next to a suburban society maven who came to study Picasso’s $80 million “Melancholy Woman.” “D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” will run at the DIA through early 2018.