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Teenage fan club: Basquiat exhibit opens tonight at Howl! Happening



[Image from 1979 by Robert Carrithers]

“Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat” opens this evening (6-8) at Howl! Happening, 6 E. First St. near the Bowery. Here are details via the EVG inbox…

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.”

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.

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

Find more details here. The exhibit is up through June 10.

“Boom for Real” opened back on Friday at the IFC Center.




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