Date: 03/26/2016

Time: 10:00 am

Price: Free, RSVP here

Jean-Michel Basquiat is arguably one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Despite his untimely death, he continues to be just as relevant of an artist today. From 2014 - 2015, there was a global resurgence around Basquiat’s legacy and artwork: the renaming of Paris' 13th arrondissement (2014 - France), The Unknown Notebooks Brooklyn Museum (2015 - USA) , Now’s the Time AGO Art Gallery (2015 - Canada), Now’s the Time AGO Traveling Show Guggenheim Bilbao (2015 - Spain), I Feel Like a Citizen _space caribbean (2015 - Jamaica). Last December marked what would have been Basquiat’s 55th birthday. BASQUIAT: STILL FLY @ 55 is a one-day symposium that reclaims and raises awareness around the legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat and his significance/ cross pollination in art, fashion, music and film. The multiplicity of mediums used by Basquiat propelled him to push the envelope in asking the meaning/ definition of art. We must reconstruct the tragedy narrative tied to Basquiat in order to properly celebrate his artwork, his life and legacy. Why is Basquiat an inspiration today? What artists are following in his footsteps? What is the significance of Basquiat’s appropriation and consumption by corporations and buyers? This symposium places those who knew Basquiat personally with academic scholars, artists and cultural critics in conversation with one another with the goal of unraveling the many sides of Basquiat’s professional and professional life (from his collaborative work with Andy Warhol to his Caribbean identity). Utilizing various social media platforms to inform local and global audiences, the primary goal of this symposium is to contextualize the diasporic impact of this timeless spirit of art and street culture.

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