Film Screening: “Basquiat” (1996)
October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A biopic of a major artistic figure of the NYC art scene of the 1980s, made by another major figure of that same moment, BASQUIAT was the directorial debut of painter Julian Schnabel. BASQUIAT tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist, living in Thompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Basquiat becomes a star and a part of Andy Warhol’s art world circle. But success has a price, and Basquiat pays with friendships, love, and eventually, his life. Performances by Jeffrey Wright, Gary Oldman, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Hopper, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, and David Bowie.
This event is part of a series of film screenings held in conjunction with the exhibition “Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat.” The series of screenings is generously supported by Maier Member Alison Keller Townsend ’75.