Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines (2019/2020)

NGV Gallery, Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines 2019.

We complemented this world-premiere exhibition with a series of clever conversations led by La Trobe academics.

We complemented this world-premiere exhibition with a series of clever conversations led by La Trobe academics.

Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines

showcased the idiosyncratic, radical work of the two most significant and influential artists of the late twentieth century.

Despite their tragically short lives and careers, both Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat left an indelible legacy in contemporary visual and pop culture. This unprecedented exhibition offered a fascinating glimpse into how their artistic practices began, evolved and intersected.

Partnership highlights: Bold Thinking pop-up talks

As exclusive Learning Partner, we worked with the NGV to present a series of clever conversations over the summer of 2019/2020. Our Bold Thinking pop-up talks, held at NGV Friday Nights events, featured La Trobe academics sharing insights into a range of exhibition-related topics.

The fascinating series attracted over 1350 attendees over 10 weeks of the exhibition. Topics included:

  • The emerging queer cultural world in the USA in the early 1990s (13 December 2019)
  • Microtopias and art from the margins: Community-building and change-making through creative practice (20 December 2019, 3 January 2020)
  • The onset and first decade of the AIDS epidemic (27 December 2019)
  • Keith Haring: Accessible to all (17 January 2020)
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat: Everything’s a surface (24 January 2020)
  • Basquiat: Between the sheets and the museum (7 February 2020, 14 February 2020)
  • Scenius: Community intelligence (21 Feb 2020)
  • Basquiat, Haring, and the politics of death, Dr Kate Seear (13 March 2020)

To find out more about what made this exhibition so special, check out our article on Nest.