NGV Friday Nights returns this summer during Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, paying homage to the 1980s and New York downtown. DJs spotlight an 80s music moment each week, mixed in with drag performances, classic cocktails and New York City street food.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines presents the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late twentieth century, revealing fascinating insights into their unique visual languages and the many intersections between their lives, practices and ideas. KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness is not open during NGV Friday Nights.
New York Disco | Shelley
Dedicated entirely to the sounds of New York disco, Shelley delivers a dance-ready genre set to the summer series of NGV Friday Nights. Shelley is a Director at Valve Sounds, a record label that works to uncover, nurture and promote emerging hip hop, RnB and soul artists in Australia.
Image-Language | Exhibition Talk
Senior NGV Curator Miranda Wallace considers how both Haring and Basquiat appropriated and adapted symbols and signs from the world around them to create a unique image-language in their works.
Basquiat: Everything’s a Surface | La Trobe University
Senior Lecturer of Creative Arts Dr. Vince Alessi discusses the relationship between the painted object and its location of origin, exploring notions of place and connection found in the work of Basquiat.
Paradise Garage Classics | Simon Caldwell
Reminiscing Paradise Garage, Simon Caldwell transports audiences back to the iconic New York City discotheque. Avoiding any one style classification, Simon Caldwell draws on his varied loves of soulful house, techno, funk, jazz, hip hop and anything else which may catch his ear.