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JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat

An Exhibition and Special Events

Curated by Sara Driver, Carlo McCormick, Mary-Ann Monforton and Howl! Happening

Opening Sunday, May 13, 2018 / 6–9 PM / Free

Exhibition: May 13–June 10, 2018

Robert Carrithers, 1979

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project is pleased to announce Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, a group exhibition focusing on the artists and scene around Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teen-aged, pre-fame years. Curated by Howl! Happening, Sara Driver, Carlo McCormick, and Mary-Ann Monforton, Zeitgeist complements and amplifies the theatrical release of Sara Driver’s film BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat from Magnolia Pictures .

The film premieres on May 11th at IFC, New York.

The period covered in the exhibition and film tells the story of Jean-Michel’s early work, peers, and creative community in gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York—before the rise of the 80s art and real estate juggernaut. It was a time when decay, drugs, and dissolution fueled a boom in creativity where the definition of fame, success, and power was not based on money, Facebook likes, and self-promotion. For these creators, to be a penniless published poet or a musician gigging at CBs was the height of success. In the rawness of the work, the focus on street art and graffiti, and the experimentation and cross-pollination of styles and disciplines, the era has become a flash point for younger generations seeking to learn about and understand the authenticity, closeness, and community expressed in the work of the artists in Zeitgeist.

The exhibition—and a series of special events—illuminate Basquiat’s work and that of his friends and other artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians who emerged from that scene, including:

Alexis Adler

Charlie Ahearn

Ted Barron

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Philippe Bordas

Robert Carrithers

Henry Chalfant

Brett De Palma

Jane Dickson

Al Diaz

Barbara Ess

Coleen Fitzgibbon

Fab 5 Freddy

Futura

Robert Goldman aka Bobby G

Godlis

Nan Goldin

Richard Hambleton

Becky Howland

Tessa Hughes-Freeland

Jim Jarmusch

Justen Ladda

Ann Messner

Mary-Ann Monforton

James Nares

Glenn O’Brien

Franc Palaia

Lee Quiñones

Walter Robinson

Christy Rupp

Luc Sante

Kenny Scharf

Paul Tschinkel

Robin Winters

Special events will include:

· A panel discussion featuring Alexis Adler, Felice Rosser, Lee Quiñones, Al Diaz, and more

· A screening of Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary Burroughs: The Movie from the Criterion Collection

· An evening of films featuring an experimental film by Basquiat’s bandmate Michael Holman, with a soundtrack by Gray, the band he and Basquiat formed; David Schmidlapp’s film of Walter Steding playing beneath the Brooklyn Bridge; and Paul Tschinkel’s film about New York/New Wave, curator Diego Cortez’s groundbreaking exhibition at PS1 in 1981

· A performance by Felice Rosser

· Readings

· A special series of film screenings in collaboration with Anthology Film Archives

About Howl! Happening

About BOOM FOR REAL The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project

6 East First Street (Between Bowery and 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10003

917 475 1294

contact@howlarts.org

Gallery Hours: Wed–Sun, 11 AM–6 PM

RARE BASQUIAT PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALEXIS ADLER

Cultural venture caribBEING—an organization that illuminates the global Caribbean experience through arts and culture—who is partaking in a one-month residency at Brooklyn Museum, is presenting the exhibition Life With Basquiat, comprised of rare Jean-Michael Basquiat photos from the collection of his friend and ex-lover, Alexis Adler. The exhibition—held in the organization’s mobile shipping container, caribBEING House—depicts an experimental period before Basquiat’s meteoric rise in the art world, when Adler lived with Basquiat on East 12th Street in 1979 and 1980, and is on view through August 28.

Adler’s photographs offer a rare glimpse into the private life of the storied New York painter and street artist, as told through photographs—including images of his high school drawings and graffiti art. Adler met Basquiat in 1979, after she graduated from Barnard with a degree in biology. He was 19; she was 23. During their brief time together, Basquiat used whatever materials he could find to create mixed-media art. He made ends meet by selling sweatshirts on the street. Adler’s collection is a testament to Basquiat’s artistic genius in its formative years. “Throughout his short life, Jean Michael was a prolific artist, working with whatever he could get his hands on to create,” Adler said. “I’m happy to share my collection with the community via caribBEING and Brooklyn Museum as a way to pay tribute to the brilliance of my dear friend.”

Basquiat rose to fame as an artist in his 20s before dying in 1988 at the age of 27. He was a Brooklyn native of Caribbean heritage; his family hails from Haiti and Puerto Rico. “We are thrilled to partner with the Brooklyn Museum to offer this special glimpse into the formative years of an artistic genius,” said Shelley Worrell, Founder of caribBEING. “We are looking forward to connecting with the community to share this chapter of Basquiat’s life story while also drawing attention to a great Caribbean-American artist.” Lauren Argentina Zelaya, Assistant Curator of Public Programs at the Brooklyn Museum, who was a key architect of this residency, states: “Jean-Michel Basquiat is obviously a beloved artist and cultural figure in Brooklyn and we’re excited to honor his Caribbean heritage as a part of our month long celebration of 50 years of the West Indian American Labor Day Parade,” Zelaya said. “He was a junior member of the museum as a young person, so this glimpse into his younger years is a perfect fit. We hope his legacy continues to inspire young artists and creatives who visit us at the museum.”

During the month of caribBEING’s exhibit, visitors are invited to the mobile art center caribBEING House in Brooklyn Museum’s Biergarten to share J’ouvert stories, contribute to a collective Caribbean Newsstand with artist Lizania Cruz in addition to viewing Adler’s collection. Visitors on Saturday afternoons can partake in special storytelling activations on Caribbean cultureCaribbean Artists, and J’Ouvert. Free and open to the public.

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