Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks-Opening Day Celebration

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Ames Family Atrium; Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Join the museum and the students in Kent State University’s Leading for Social Justice course to celebrate the opening day of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Free admission to Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks — 10:00–5:00 (limited availability) 
Leading for Social Justice pop-up exhibition — 10:00–5:00
Art activities — 11:00–4:00 
Refreshments — 2:00–4:00

For the past five years, Christa Boske’s students in the Kent State Educational Administration program’s Leading for Social Justice course have partnered with local artists to create works of art illuminating issues they face in their teaching practice. The inequities past students have addressed in their artworks include race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation, among others. 

This year, these students have an additional element of inspiration: the notebooks of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. As they create an original artwork, these students will investigate Basquiat’s work and incorporate the ideas, influences, and issues he presented into their own artmaking. The finished pieces will be presented in a special pop-up exhibition in the Ames Family Atrium from January 20–22.