Exhibit Displaying Basquiat’s Connection with Hip Hop Coming to Boston

The post-graffiti moment in the 1980s, New York City took the popular street art form from city walls and subway trains onto canvas … exposing it to the grander art world. Jean-Michel Basquiat became an iconic front-runner of this transforming and insurgent movement in contemporary American art, resulting in a fusion of creative energies never seen before while defying longstanding racial divisions.

Basquiat and his peers were seen as the visual artists of the Hip Hop generation, freely sampling and remixing multiple sources and reassembling them via the lens of their cosmopolitan experiences, much like their music counterparts and frequent collaborators.