The “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation” exhibition has been extended until July 25 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), due to popular demand.
Writing the Future showcases works of artists who share a conceptual approach in their techniques rooted in early hip-hop. Their works of subversive abstractions made way for a new style of art known as the “post-graffiti” movement in American art as well as accelerating hip-hop and street art as a global movement. The exhibit has gathered 120 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and 11 of his peers — A-One, ERO, Fab 5 Freddy, Futura, Keith Haring, Kool Koor, LA2, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee, and Toxic.
Not only did the concept of hip-hop and graffiti electrify these artworks in the ’80s, but the issues of longstanding class and racial divisions in New York City also fueled these artists to use their mediums to create pieces that voiced matters that have impacted the rest of the world.
The Museum is also hosting the Sound Bites: Nancy Lee Clark Concert Series which dabbles into how different generations expand on and redefine early hip-hop. The concerts — filmed inside the exhibition and available for rent on the Museum’s recently launched on-demand video platform, MFA Selects — continue with Edo G and Brady Watt, premiering on April 29, and Slick Vick with Cake Swagg and Bernadine, premiering on June 3.
Make sure to grab your timed-entry exhibition tickets in advance, which include general Museum admission, and are required for all visitors — members and nonmembers alike — due to limited capacity. May tickets for the exhibition, originally scheduled to close on May 16, will go on sale on April 20 for members and April 21 for nonmembers.