Film Screening & Discussion with Peter Josyph: A Few Things Basquiat Did in School (Feb 6)

02/06/2019 - 7:00pm
02/06/2019 - 9:30pm

When artist and teacher Cynthia Shechter met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 6th Grade of PS 101 in Brooklyn, young Jean-Michel told her he was going to be a great cartoonist. Neither of them could have predicted that Basquiat would earn a reputation as one of the most exciting painters of his day, and that an untitled Basquiat would sell for more than any other American artist at auction ($110.5 million), and would place him in a monetary bracket with Picasso. But Cynthia recognized his talent and she saved some of his work, including a picture that he tore up in a very bad mood and that she taped together and kept in a folder for decades. In this short documentary by author, painter and filmmaker Peter Josyph (director of the award-winning Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero), Cynthia discusses what it was like to have Basquiat as part of her Art Squad, and her discovery—after his early death from an overdose at 27—that he had become the famous Jean-Michel Basquiat. In Part Two of the film, we see, up close, expert paper conservator Alan Firkser restoring the torn piece that is one of the earliest preserved Basquiats.

Peter Josyph will discuss the process by which the film was made, as well as the relation between this earliest known work by Basquiat and the later work for which he became famous.

Fee:  $40 (M $30) 

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