Basquiat and NoHo

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Saturday July 15

4:00 PM  –  5:30 PM

La Mama La Galleria, 47 Great Jones St.

In the late 1980's, Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and worked at 57 Great Jones Street in Manhattan. This studio space owned by Andy Warhol served as a kind of incubator for young artistic talent. At the time, the NoHo neighborhood and landscape offered up-and-coming artists the opportunity for low rents, lots of space, and the freedom to practice their craft. It was a gritty neighborhood, sometimes ripe with vice, and the two surely influenced each other  - NoHo was a muse for the artists, but the artists forever altered the area.

Today things in NoHo have changed dramatically, but the neighborhood has not forgotten its past - it remains a source of artistic inspiration and activity.  In July 2016, GVSHP installed a plaque at 57 Great Jones to commemorate Basquiat’s life and work. But what exactly did Basquiat and his ilk mean for the neighborhood? And where is such a New York neighborhood today – one that nurtures the avant-garde, providing the space and financial freedom necessary to bloom, influence, and grow? In conversation with moderator Ayanna Jessica Legros, panelists from the worlds of art, culture, and preservation will explore and demystify this layered question.

Free. Reservations required.
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