Def Jam Founder On The Red Eye Lineup

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One of the most recognizable artists in hip-hop and graphic design is leaving his mark on Fort Lauderdale this week.

Cey Adams, founding creative director of the legendary music label Def Jam Recordings, is scheduled to appear Saturday, July 25, at “Red Eye” – an art explosion hosted by ArtServe. Billed as “A Warholian Art Happening,” the event is bringing together several artistic elements (food, music, film and, of course, art) to celebrate the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary.

Adams’ participation is the crown jewel of “Red Eye,” said ArtServe President and CEO Jaye Abbate.

“For our 25th anniversary, we brought in one of the pioneers who launched the movement that inspired RedEye for an artistic residency in our community,” said Abbate.

Adams grew up in New York City, spray painting subway cars and going to early morning music shows with the likes of the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. Now 52, he is a respected voice in graffiti expression and speaks to young people about channeling their energy in a productive fashion.

During his visit to South Florida, Adams will join the Urban League in working with students at Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School in a mentoring role. On Saturday, Adams is slated to appear at ArtServe’s “Red Eye” event from 6 to 10 p.m. He is expected to discuss his work and display his new “Trusted Brands” series, which features corporate creations from ad campaigns such as Nike and Pepsi.

His presence, Abbate said, provides “amazing opportunities for local artists and turbocharges the event for the public.”

Included on the “Red Eye” itinerary are screenings of the hip-hop Cuban documentary “Coming Home,” and the Jean-Michel Basquiat film, “The Radiant Child.”

ArtServe is located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.ArtServe.org or call (954) 462-8190.


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