Exhibit Showcases Basquiat as a Teenager

Posted on: April 27th, 2018 at 5:05 am by

Al Diaz writing SAMO

Howl! Happening has a pretty cool showcase on the horizon.

Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, is a group exhibition honing in on the artists and scene around poetic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teenaged, pre-fame years. When he was known as one-half of the informal graffiti duo SAMO, who wrote suggestive political dichotomies throughout the Lower East Side. (The other half being Al Diaz.)

Curated by Howl! Happening, Sara Driver, Carlo McCormick, and Mary-Ann Monforton, Zeitgeist also coincides with the upcoming theatrical release of Sara Driver’s film BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, from Magnolia Pictures. The film is slated to premiere May 11 at IFC, New York.

The timeframe covered in both the exhibition and film tells the story of Jean-Michel’s early work, his peers, and the creative community he ran with – gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York – before the rise of popularized 80s art and the Lower Manhattan real estate explosion. The exhibition – along with a series of special events – sheds light onto Basquiat’s work and that of his friends and other artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians who emerged from that scene.

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

The exhibit opens Sunday May 13, from 6-8pm, and runs through June 10.  More info at Howl! Happening.

Recent Stories

About that Mammoth Matador Mural on Allen Street

Muralist Conor Harrington returned to the Lower East Side two weeks ago to impart one of the larger murals in the neighborhood. The five-story artwork, located on the Allen Street facade of 266 Broome – outside the Emma Peel Room – is striking and hard to miss. What appears to be a matador in stance […]

Justin Theroux Really Wants You to Know his Chrystie Street Bar is the ‘Diviest’ New Dive

Actor Justin Theroux and other nighlife impresarios opened Ray’s on Chrystie Street last week, taking the space previously occupied by Le Turtle. Best part about the arrival was receiving a thousand-word, ipso-facto media advisory explaining how the establishment is the “Lower East Side’s diviest new dive bar.” Here are some choice bytes: Ray’s joins New […]

After a Century on the Bowery, Faerman Cash Registers is Cashing out

At one point in the mid-twentieth century, the Bowery boasted several cash register stores; soon, though, the count could be down to one. In operation for over a century, the iconic Faerman Cash Register Company is about to depart. The business recently put its building at 159 Bowery up for sale, and there is now […]

Taco Mix Opens Lower East Side Restaurant on Delancey Street

Taco Mix just launched its newest city outpost. Headquartered on Delancey Street, the fast casual establishment is a year in the making, and began serving last week. Founded on 116th Street in 1991, Taco Mix is known for its al pastor tacos, and considered by many as one of the city’s best. The Spanish Harlem-based […]

Street Artist Fixes ‘27 Club’ Mural on Rivington Street

Friends don’t let friends have their murals tagged without recourse. For the “27 Club” piece on Rivington Street, it meant Hektad to the rescue. You’ll recall that earlier this month, a group of no-name taggers scrawled over the headshots painted by Eduardo Kobra. This action prompted a response letter from the community about how amateur […]