UIMA presents screening of Basquiat film Feb. 24

University of Iowa News Release

Note: the correct times for the screenings are 6 p.m. for the public and 7:45 p.m. for donors. There is no 9:30 p.m. screening.

In collaboration with the Bijou Theatre, the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) presents a screening of "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child," a film by Tamra Davis, on Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Iowa Memorial Union’s Bijou Theatre.

There will be a public screening at 6 p.m. UIMA donors are invited to a private showing at 7:45 p.m.

As a graffiti artist in the crime-ridden streets of 1970s New York City, Jean-Michel Basquiat is often regarded as a black artist who battled racism from his peers but achieved critical success in the art-world in spite of it. During his rise to fame, Basquiat befriended Andy Warhol, with whom he collaborated for a short time before the latter’s death in 1987.

New York Times said the film “places Basquiat’s art in a cultural context with an enthusiasm and zest that make the many pictures shown come blazingly alive." It shines light on who Basquiat was both as an artist and individual throughout his ascent to rock-star status, and features interviews with art-world luminaries such as Julian Schnabel, Larry Gagosian, and Tony Shafrazi.

For more information, visit http://uima.uiowa.edu or call 319-335-1727.


For more information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://uima.uiowa.edu or call 319-335-1727.

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