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DOWNTOWN 81

Information

Language

English

Audience

65 and up
Adults
Young adults
Members

Type of activity

Cinéma du Musée

Mode

In Person

Thursday, January 12 : 7:00 pm
Sunday, January 15 : 10:00 am

January 12 – January 15, 2023
Book

Original English version.

PRESENTED AS PART OF THE EXHIBITION SEEING LOUD AN CLEAR: BASQUIAT AND MUSIC

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat stars in this film written by Glenn O'Brien and directed by Edo Bertoglio, in which he plays an emerging artist trying to find his place in the New York art scene at the turn of the 1980s. His wanderings are a pretext for showing a subculture then in turmoil, with appearances by Fab Five Freddy and Debbie Harry. Slammer Saul Williams doubles as Basquiat's voice in the 2000 version after the audio track of the voice was lost in the original film.

 

DOWNTOWN 81 is a feature film starring the legendary American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) shot in 1981. Basquiat was a 19 year-old painter, graffiti artist, poet and musician. The film, depicts the exciting downtown New York art and music scene of the winter of 1980-81. In 1981, Basquiat had yet to have his first gallery exhibition. The film is a day in the life of a young artist, who draws and paints his famous »SAMO » graffiti and needs to sell a painting to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. Then, he wanders from club to club, looking for the beautiful girl he met earlier, so he’ll have a place to spend the night. Basquiat is a natural actor; his coolness is in contrast to the fictional « Basquiat ». The cast includes Deborah Harry, and bands of the era: Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Coati Mundi, DNA, James White and the Blacks, Tuxedo Moon, Walter Steding. Also heard on the soundtrack: Gray, Basquiat’s band and John Lurie. DOWNTOWN 81 not only captures one of the most important artists of the twentieth century as he is poised for frame, but also captures one of the most vital periods in American culture, with the explosion of new wave music, new painting, hip hop and graffiti.

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