Course

Basquiat in Context

March 24–April 30, 2020

The visual art of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporaries embraced a range of creative practices from hip-hop and jazz music to wildstyle lettering and street art. Through multiple perspectives, explore the historical, musical, and art historical contexts of the artists at the heart of New York’s vibrant 1980s post-graffiti movement.

Take the full five-week course or choose the lectures that interest you most.

Ticket Packages

Multi-session course packages are available. Please note that this course package is not available after the date of the first session.

For more information and to purchase tickets for individual sessions, select from the section below.

Members
$120.00
Nonmembers
$150.00
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Past Events

Lecture

March 24, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

In New York City in the early 1970s, institutionalized racism and systemic neglect had left African American, West Indian, and Latinx communities...

Lecture

March 26, 2020
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

In New York City in the early 1970s, institutionalized racism and systemic neglect had left African American, West Indian, and Latinx communities...

Lecture

March 31, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

Jean-Michel Basquiat exploded into a volatile New York art scene expanding in all directions. A new generation of conceptual artists mixed texts and...

Lecture

April 2, 2020
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Jean-Michel Basquiat exploded into a volatile New York art scene expanding in all directions. A new generation of conceptual artists mixed texts and...

Lecture

April 7, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

In the 1990s, mainstream hip-hop appealed to a broad demographic favoring both “hardcore” recordings and radio-friendly pop rap. Underground scenes...

Lecture

April 9, 2020
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

In the 1990s, mainstream hip-hop appealed to a broad demographic favoring both “hardcore” recordings and radio-friendly pop rap. Underground scenes...

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April 14, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

The post-graffiti moment in 1980s New York City marked the transition of street art from city walls and subway trains onto canvas and into the art...

Lecture

April 16, 2020
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

The post-graffiti moment in 1980s New York City marked the transition of street art from city walls and subway trains onto canvas and into the art...

Lecture

April 28, 2020
10:30 am–12:00 pm

Historian and artist Caleb Neelon explores the relationship between Basquiat and the history of graffiti, and its impact today. Bring your questions...

Lecture

April 30, 2020
7:00 pm–8:30 pm

Historian and artist Caleb Neelon explores the relationship between Basquiat and the history of graffiti, and its impact today. Bring your questions...

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