The Broad Beautifully Celebrates Basquiat's Work and Acceptance of All in Final "Summer Happenings" Event

by Flaunt Intern


The Broad's "Summer Happenings" series went out with a bang last weekend as it hosted a celebration of Jean-Michel Basquiat's work at the museum. Accompanied by performances from musicians Downtown Boys, Zebra Katz, and more, the theme surrounding the night was the embracing of marginalized people in our society.

Since Basquiat's work pushes boundaries and blurs genres and brings people together, it fit together perfectly with the artists who performed songs about the same philosophies.

The Broad dubbed the festivities of the night under this idea: "Punk meets hip hop, gay meets straight, black meets white, and downtown party meets uptown art world— influences that made Jean Michel Basquiat the man he was."

The "Summer Happenings" series happened throughout the summer with each event honoring a theme and work of a certain artist. With the theme in mind, musicians that were booked performed across 4 different spaces in the museum, to create a complete immersive experience.

On Saturday, the full lineup consisted of Downtown Boys, Zebra Katz, DJ Rashida, DJ Michael Stock, Mecca VA and the MOVEMENT movement, Shani Crowe, Jay Carlon, and Damon Locks.

The night was a beautiful curation of both art and music to celebrate both Basquiat's work and more importantly, the acceptance of all people.

Scroll through our gallery above to check out everything that went down at The Broad's final summer event.

Written by Corey Fuller