The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Restorations & Revivals: Downtown 81

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Downtown 81
Photo courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

In 1981, writer Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and on-the-rise graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about its bohemian milieu. Unreleased until 2000 and newly restored in a sparkling 35mm print, the film endures as a fascinating time capsule. Basquiat plays a struggling artist hustling for someplace to sleep. Featuring performances by legendary No Wave bands DNA, James White and the Blacks, the Plastics, and appearances by Deborah Harry, John Lurie, and Fab Five Freddy.

On March 1, the film is presented by Michael Zilkha, executive producer and MFAH Film Subcommittee Co-chair, who will participate in a post-film discussion lead by Joe Havel, Director of The Glassell School of Art.

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


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