Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation

Exhibition October 18, 2020 − May 16, 2021
Boston Museum of Fine Arts hosts an exhibition“Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation”.

This is the first major exhibition to explore the context of Basquiat's work in relation to hip-hop, and marks the first time his expansive, reliable and reflective portraits of black and Hispanic friends and fellow artists have gained prominence in research into his work.

A post-graffiti moment in New York in the 1980s marked the transition of street art from city walls and subway trains to canvas and the art world.Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)became the inspiring, iconic leader of this transformational and rebel movement in contemporary American art, which has resulted in an unprecedented fusion of creative energies that challenged long-standing racial divisions. This exhibition presents his work in the fields of painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music and fashion, as well as the work of his contemporaries and co-authors.

Based on site materialsBoston Museum of Fine Arts.