Chicago Humanities Present:

Dr. Todd Boyd: Hip Hop History from the Notorious Ph.D.

A visual and cultural history of hip hop

Saturday, May 04
DOORS: 1:30pm // SHOW: 2pm


Drawing on a broad range of curated examples, Dr. Todd Boyd and Chicago hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle re-examine hip hop’s legacy and how the genre remixes ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, past and present, to come up with a style that is uniquely its own, in this special Chicago Humanities presentation. 

To tell the story of contemporary American culture is to tell the story of hip hop. From its humble, underground origins, hip hop transcended the confines of rap music and spread its influence across a broad spectrum of American life—fashion, film, art, sports, politics, language—to become a cultural movement of profound influence.

Rapper’s Deluxe is a critical contribution to America’s cultural canon, shining a light on hip hop’s ability to redefine and influence culture, through: photographs; fine art; advertisements; book, magazine, and album covers; film stills; and more. Organized chronologically from the 1970s to the present, image-rich and dynamic layouts show the people, places, events, objects, outfits and inspirations that redefined the world as we know it—from fur-coated fans lining up for a Muhammad Ali fight at Madison Square Garden to a legendary party in the “Boogie Down” Bronx, through the hoods of South Los Angeles and the trap houses of Atlanta to the extravagant red carpet looks of the Met Gala.

A book signing will follow this program. For more information and tickets, see the Chicago Humanities event page.

This is a seated event. All seating is first come, first served. This is an all ages event.

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Special accommodations: Ramova Theatre is ADA-accessible. This event will be on the second floor of the venue. If you need to use the elevator, please notify a staff member upon arrival. For questions or concerns, please email

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