October 18, 2020 - May 16, 2020 | Museum of Fine Arts

Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Writing the Future Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation

Time & Location

October 18, 2020 - May 16, 2020
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 02115, USA

About the Event

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 world. Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) became the galvanizing, iconic frontrunner of this transformational and insurgent movement in contemporary American art, which resulted in an unprecedented fusion of creative energies that defied longstanding racial divisions. This exhibition features his works in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music, and fashion, alongside works by his contemporaries—and sometimes collaborators—A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee, Rammellzee, and Toxic. Throughout the 1980s, these artists fueled new directions in fine art, design, and music, driving the now-global popularity of hip-hop culture.

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