Symposium for Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat Exhibition at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

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Symposium for Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat Exhibition at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

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Lynchburg: 
On Oct. 20-21, the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College will present its 27th Annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium (rescheduled from Sept. 15-16 due to hurricane Florence). The Symposium is in conjunction with the Maier’s 107th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat (on view through Dec. 14). A group exhibition, Zeitgeist focuses on the artists and scene around Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teen-aged, pre-fame years. The exhibition first appeared in May at the Howl! Happening gallery in Manhattan to complement the release of Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a Magnolia Pictures film directed by Sara Driver ’77, which premiered at the International Film Center in New York. The period covered in both the exhibition and film tells the story of Jean-Michel’s early work, peers, and creative community in gritty, pre-AIDS, downtown New York—before the rise of the 80s art and real estate juggernaut.

The Symposium begins Sat., Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. with an artist talk by Lee Quiñones, an innovator of New York’s street-art movement and one of the most influential artists to emerge from the graffiti era. At 2 p.m., the Maier will hold a reading by New York writer and critic Luc Sante, an acquaintance of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s during the early 1980s. At 7 p.m., Boom! For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat will be screened at the Maier, with an introduction and post-screening discussion by Driver. The Symposium will end Sun., Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. with a panel discussion featuring photographer Alexis Adler, Lee Quiñones, artist Mary-Ann Monforton, and Luc Sante, moderated by Driver.

Visit maiermuseum.org/berlind for more information about the Symposium. During the academic year, the Maier is open Tues.-Sun. from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to the Maier and its programs are free, unless otherwise noted.  

One Quinlan Street

Lynchburg, VA 24503

www.maiermuseum.org 

The screening of “Boom for Real” is sponsored by The Sara Driver ’77 Digital Filmmaking and Lecture Fund, established through the generosity of Albert W. and Martha Lou Driver ’50. The 107th Annual Exhibition is supported by the generosity of Mary Gray Shockey ’69. The 27th Annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium is supported by the Helen Clark Berlind Symposium Fund, as well as Maier Members Julie Johnson McGowen ’69, Barbara Niedland McCarthy ’73, Dana Davidson Redmond ’60. Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat was curated by Sara Driver ‘77, Carlo McCormick, Mary-Ann Monforton, and Howl! Happening, An Arturo Vega Project with Jane Friedman and Ted Riederer.


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