New York area Basquiat fans may want to mark your calendar now for what looks like an interesting public talk on Basquiat and the downtown scene, coming up in a month.
Sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation and The New School for Public Engagement, two panels will “reminisce about the New Wave scene that filled the East Village and Lower East Side with astonishing art and music for a brief five years, 1978 to 1983, and brought two extraordinary young artists, Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat, into the limelight.”
The first is “Keith Haring and the Streets of the Village,” on October 3rd. Gallery owner Hal Bromm and artist Patti Astor, both of whom knew Haring, discuss how the Village of the late 1970s influenced this renowned artist and how he influenced the Village.
The second panel is “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Graffiti and Glory,” and will be on Thursday evening, October 18th. “Close friends of Basquiat’s - his gallerist Annina Nosei and artist Al Diaz - look back at his life and work and discuss his continuing influence, with particular reference to his time in the Village.” (As a young participant in the New York graffiti scene, Al Diaz was known by the tag “Bomb 1,” and from 1977 to 1979 was one half of the SAMO collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat. Annina Nosei ran the first gallery to show Basquiat’s paintings – in 1981 Basquiat worked from a studio set up in the gallery basement.Both talks are scheduled for 6:30 pm, Wollman Hall, at the Eugene Lang Building of the New School (enter at 66 West 12th Street). They are free, but seating limited.