With the New Museum welcoming its new exhibition “Come Closer: Art Around the Bowery, 1969-1989” (our review is coming soon) it has another little treat for all those interested. The Lower East Side institution will be presenting a screening of the seminal 1984 documentary “Graffiti/Post Graffiti”, which will be shown on Thursday, October 4th starting at 7pm.
This documentary is hugely insightful, as it traces this amazing art form from its genesis in the streets and depths of the subways of New York, right to the galleries across the globe. The documentary features some astonishing interviews with some of the pioneers of the game like Lady Pink, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sidney Jaring, Keith Haring and Rammellzee. Though this is not it, as it also has an offering from the likes of Patti Astor and Tony Shafrazi so all in all a jam packed documentary of the biggest names in the field.
Though Thursday has a secret up its sleeve and this is surely the crowd pleaser. Following the documentary there will be a panel discussion, with some of the most interesting people in the industry. One of the big names is that of Lady Pink who began her career writing graffiti in 1979 and became quickly known as one of the only female artists capable of “hanging with the guys” in the male dominated subculture. Pinks subway car paintings from 1979-85 are some of the most original pieces known and landed her a role in the motion picture Wild Style. While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries and at the age of twenty-one had her first solo show at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Groningen Museum, the Netherlands.
Also speaking at this event will be the marvellous Fab Five Freddy, who most hip-hop fans will surely recognise. Born Fred Brathwaite in The Crypts home away from home, Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Fab Five Freddy began his journey as a street artist, executing graffiti pieces throughout New York City. His paintings have been exhibited internationally, and his work in film, television, and music has made him one of the most recognized and respected individuals in not just hip hop but of the graffiti world.
Patti Astor who in 1981, cofounded FUN Gallery with Bill Stelling will be there as well as the filmmakers Marc H. Miller and Paul Tschinkel. This surely promises to be more than just another mundane Thursday, preparing those lucky enough to be able to attend with a real opportunity to start the weekend off in “style”.
The fact that the New Museum have managed to get the people they have to come in and do the panel discussion is testament to their dedication to having the best exhibition possible. After all Lady Pink and Fab Five Freddy are some of the still living originators of the 1980s graffiti subculture, known for their rebellious tone for hundreds of artists who decided to follow in their footsteps. Also the fact Lady Pink is there will surely appeal to the feminists out there, as she is one of the most renowned graffiti artists ever, in a world that is mostly male dominated.
All in all this promises to be a banging night with some amazing artists on show and in the flesh, The Crypt just only wishes we could be there 😦