Today at the Museum
Friday, March 24, 2017
Presented by Constantine Petridis
Curator of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, March 24
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Painter and moviemaker Julian Schnabel dramatizes the life and meteoric rise of fellow New York City Neo-expressionist artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this acclaimed biographical film with an all-star cast.
Special admission $11; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, students $8; no vouchers or passes.
In 1977, at the age of 17, Basquiat began collaborating with his friend Al Diaz as SAMO©, spray-painting aphorisms around lower Manhattan.
Brooklyn-born artist Jean-Michel Basquiat filled numerous notebooks with poetry, wordplay, sketches, and personal observations ranging from street life and popular culture to themes of race, class, and world history.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. observed in 1963 that one hundred years after the abolition of slavery in America “the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. . . .
Throughout history, precious works of art have been used in worship. Radiant textiles, cherished symbols of the majesty of God as well as the wealth and power of the Catholic Church, embellished the high altar and clothed the clergy. Quality was expensive.