The 27th Annual Helen Clark Berlind Symposium
The 27th Berlind Symposium is held in conjunction with the 107th Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Zeitgeist: The Art Scene of Teenage Basquiat, a group exhibition focusing on the artists and scene around Jean-Michel Basquiat’s teen-aged, pre-fame years. The period covered in the exhibition 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.
Sara Driver '77
“BOOM FOR REAL” follows Basquiat’s life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver ’77, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others. Drawing upon their memories and anecdotes, the film also uses period film footage, music and images to visually re-recreate the era, drawing a portrait of Jean-Michel and Downtown New York City -pre AIDS, President Reagan, the real estate and art booms – before anyone was motivated by money and ambition. The definition of fame, success and power were very different than today – to be a penniless but published poet was the height of success, until everything changed in the early 1980s. This is New York City’s story before that change.
Cash bar (beer/wine) and refreshments provided.
The Maier Museum at Randolph College
Helen Clark BERLIND SYMPOSIUM
Held in conjunction with the Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art
October 20 & 21
in the Maier Museum
Saturday, October 20:
11:00 a.m. Artist talk by artist LEE QUIÑONES
2:00 p.m. Reading by LUC SANTE
7:00 p.m. Film Screening: BOOM! FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Sunday, October 21
2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion moderated by Sara Driver '77; with photographer Alexis Adler, Lee Quiñones, artist Mary-Ann Monforton, and Luc Sante.
Reception to follow.
THIS IS A FREE EVENT, NO TICKETS NECESSARY
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|Please arrive on time:||Latecomers will be seated, at a suitable pause in the performance, in the nearest seat available.|