Public Enemy—Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, and members of the hip hop group Public Enemy, 1988. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

How Hip Hop Became a Revolution in American Visual Art and Culture

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2023
7:30 pm—9 pm
Tickets $25

Public Enemy—Chuck D, Terminator X, and members of the hip hop group Public Enemy, 1988. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images


Summer 2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop—the music, art, and style that transformed culture and politics worldwide. In this conversation among legendary artist and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, Keith Haring Foundation Executive Director Gil Vazquez, Lisane Basquiat, sister of the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and producer, curator and President of Channel Zero Productions Lorrie Boula will discuss hip hop’s global impact, including its influence on visual art and culture of 1980s New York and beyond. The conversation will take place in Zipper Hall at The Colburn School on Grand Avenue, located between two timely exhibitions: Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure at The Grand LA and Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody, and an installation of 12 of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works, both at The Broad. Haring and Basquiat were heavily influenced by hip hop, shifting the genre’s politics and street art aesthetics into the fine art and commercial art scene.

Springboarding from themes covered in the second episode of their hit four-part PBS series Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World,” Chuck D and Boula, along with Basquiat and Vasquez, will explore the 1980s and hip hop as social commentary during the fraught Reagan years through the work of musical artists such as Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA as well as visual artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat among many others.

Co-presented by The Broad, Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World, and Universal Music Enterprise (UMe).


Generous support also provided by UMe Universal Music Enterprises

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Please note that this event is off-site at Zipper Hall at The Colburn School. Tickets include one-time free access June 20–22 to The Broad’s special exhibition Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody and the museum’s third floor galleries which includes works by collection artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Andy Warhol.

Access to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) is not included and must be booked separately here.

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