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