Heroes & Monsters: Film Series

Join us for a series of free film screenings in connection with the exhibition Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Venice Collection, Thaddeus Mumford, Jr. Preregistration is encouraged.


February 13: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child directed by Tamra Davis

About the film: A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat’s friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat’s rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame.

Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes

April 3: Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel

About the film: Despite living a life of extreme poverty in Brooklyn, graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (Jeffrey Wright) strives to rise up through the heady New York art scene of the 1970s and 1980s. He becomes the brightest star of Neoexpressionist painting and one of the most successful painters of his time, and even develops a friendship with Andy Warhol (David Bowie). But Basquiat’s tumultuous life, specifically his addiction to heroin, overshadows his rise to fame, threatening all.

Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes

May 1: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat directed by Sara Driver

About the film: Never-before-seen works, writings and photographs offer insight into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teenager in New York in the late 1970s. The times, the people and the movements of the city help Basquiat form his artistic vision.

Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes

Dates & Times: Select Sundays, 1:30 pm

Location: SunTrust Auditorium

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