Thursday, November 15, 2018,
Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

A double feature of recent documentaries about contemporary art, street graffiti, and the connections between them, screened in conjunction with Colby’s Art Department course AR474: Graffiti, Past and Present. Professor of Art Véronique Plesch will give a brief introduction.

Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-Michel Basquiat takes us into the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and its tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and ’80s shaped his vision. Unrated. 78 min. White Walls Say Nothing takes us to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where artists have taken to the streets to express themselves through art—graffiti if you will—though what we see in the film is stunning as art as well as politics. In a way, the walls have become the city’s voice. In Spanish with English subtitles. Unrated. 70 min.

These films are shown with support from the Colby College Department of Art, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, and the Latin American Studies Program.

Contact: Deb Thurston, deborah.thurston@colby.edu, 207-859-5630


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