BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat :: The Harwood Museum of Art :: Taos :: University of New Mexico
August 14, 2018 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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 BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Friday, June 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm

BOOM FOR REAL: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Arthur Bell Auditorium


 The film follows Basquiat's life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others. Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, the film also uses period film footage, music and images to visually re-recreate the era, drawing a portrait of Jean-Michel and Downtown New York City -pre AIDS, President Reagan, the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition. The definition of fame, success and power were very different than today – to be a penniless but published poet was the height of success, until everything changed in the early 1980s. This is New York City's story before that change.

A film by Sara Driver
78 min.
2017 Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere
2017 New York Film Festival – US Premiere
Tickets are $10 and $8 fo museum members.