Virtual Art Excursion to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

March 3, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Virtual Zoom Tour

Jean Michel Basquiat and the Fusion of Street Art & Hip Hop Culture

The Museum’s first 2021 Art Excursion is a stunner! Newport Public Art and the Museum invite you to travel virtually to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for a live Zoom tour of the spectacular Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation. 

This is the first major exhibition to contextualize Basquiat’s work in relation to hip-hop, and explores the post-graffiti movement in 1980s New York City as street art on city walls and subway trains transitioned to works on canvas recognized and valued by the art world.

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) became the galvanizing, iconic frontrunner of this transformational and insurgent movement in contemporary American art, which resulted in an unprecedented fusion of creative energies that defied longstanding racial divisions.

Join us for a private guided tour of this important exhibition, which features his works in painting, sculpture, drawing, video, music, and fashion, alongside works by his contemporaries. Together, their work fueled new directions in fine art, design, and music, driving the now-global popularity of hip-hop culture.

This tour is being offered FREE.

If you would like to support programs like this, please consider registering as a Museum Program Supporter, and thank you!

Space is limited and registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Deadline to Register: Wednesday March 3 at 2pm.

Thank you to our community partner, Newport Public Art, whose inspired art and activism can be seen through multiple beautiful public art murals made by artists, community members and students around Newport. 


Hero image:

Six Crimee, 1982
Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988)
Acrylic and oil paintstick on masonite, three panels
*The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles The Scott D. F. Spiegel Collection *© Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York.
*Photograph courtesy The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Thumbnail image:

Untitled (Boombox), 1984
Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990)
Ink on board
*Collection of Larry Warsh
*© Keith Haring Foundation *Photograph: Mathias Kessler *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston