30 Americans & Jean Michel Basquiat, The Wright's Weekly Update November 9 -15 - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

30 Americans & Jean Michel Basquiat, The Wright's Weekly Update November 9 -15

A definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the young American artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the crime-ridden NYC of the 1970s, he covers the city with the graffiti tag SAMO. In 1981 he puts paint on canvas for the first time, and by 1983 he is an artist with “rock star status.” He achieves critical and commercial success, though he is constantly confronted by racism from his peers. In 1985 he and Andy Warhol became close friends and painting collaborators, but they part ways and Warhol dies suddenly in 1987. Basquiat’s heroin addiction worsens, and he dies of an overdose in 1988 at the age of 27. The artist was 25 years old at the height of his career, and today his canvases sell for more than a million dollars.

This event is in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the 30 Americans. One Nation.Thirty Experiences exhibition. FREE and open to the public.


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30 Days To Lose It! Weekly Workout ($)
Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Ladies, SEASON 6 of 30 Days To Lose It! is here!  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, four out of five African American women - the leading casualties of such ills as obesity, heart disease and diabetes - are overweight. In response, the 30 Days To Lose It! program, inspired by the hit TV show, “The Biggest Loser,” was launched in March, 2010. Whether you want to lose weight, get fit, or just stay in shape, come dressed to sweat (with an exercise mat or beach towel), bring a buddy or 3 and join this safe, fun fitness program for women endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports! Free for members, $5 for non-members. Attend 8 consecutive sessions and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months FREE! For more information please email 30days@chwmuseum.org.

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4th annual Detroit Doll Show ($)
Saturday, November 14 at 1 PM
The Detroit Doll Show is an multi-generational event that is bliss for the imagination, beauty and esteem. Dolls have played a major role in the lives of young people throughout history, and all children should be able to see themselves as a representation of beauty.

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Links to Science presented by the Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Saturday, November 14  at 1:30 PM  
Links to Science is an exciting series of free children’s workshops exploring achievements in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Let members of The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated be your guides to inspiration! Free.

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Liberation Film Series: The History of the Maroons in America
Saturday, November 14 at 2 pm
Film screening of Quilombo detailing the history of the Maroons, African refugees who escaped from slavery in the Americas. After the film, guest speaker Dr. Nubia Kai will host a discussion titled "The Maroon Tradition in the U.S.," followed by a book signing of “I Spread My Wings and I Fly.” Free.

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Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons ($)
Sunday, November 15 at 5 PM
Get your groove on with our weekly hustle lessons, taught by instructor Thomasenia Johnson of Two Left Feet. Free for Members, $7 for non-members. Purchase 5 lessons and receive a complimentary museum membership, making your next 12 months of hustle lessons FREE!
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Current Exhibitions

Inspiring Beauty | 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Through January 3, 2016

This first-ever exhibition on the Ebony Fashion Fair explores the 50-year history of the fashion spectacle that redefined the concepts of beauty, style, and empowerment for black Americans. Curators Joy Bivins and Virginia Heaven examine the history of the Fair and its creator, director, and producer, Eunice W. Johnson. Inspiring Beauty showcases nearly 100 garments and objects including ensembles and accessories displayed on fully stylized mannequins to create the runway experience, as well as Johnson’s personal effects to tell the full story of these unparalleled events.  Click here to learn more...

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture
The core experience of The Wright Museum, this 22,000 square-foot exhibition takes visitors through time and across geographic boundaries from prehistoric Africa all the way to modern-day Detroit. Throughout, the efforts of everyday men and women who built families, businesses, educational institutions, spiritual traditions, civic organizations and a legacy of freedom and justice are hailed. Click here to learn more...

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology
This high-tech exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas. Inspiring Minds introduces individuals from across the spectrum of fields, levels of renown, and from times past and present, with highlights on African American women in science, black aviators, black inventors, medical ethics, and key historical figures such as George Washington Carver. Click here to learn more...

I, Charles H. Wright: My Story
Through March 6, 2016
This year, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History reaches a milestone in the history of the institution - its 50th anniversary. To celebrate this august achievement the museum presents an exhibition centered around the life of the man who started it: Charles Howard Wright, M.D. (1919-2002). A great physician, an intellectual of incredible insight, and a man of solemn dedication to his community, through words and images, documents and objects, the exhibition summarizes his expansive legacy. Click here to learn more...

Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series 2015
Through December 13, 2015
The Bombay Sapphire® Artisan Series, now in its sixth year, is an annual competition co-presented by Bombay Sapphire® and Russell and Danny Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. The goal of the series is to provide exposure for artists of nearly all visual mediums, allowing them to compete for the chance to have their work showcased at the grand finale event during SCOPE Miami Beach. Click here to learn more...



Collect: The Power of Knowing
October 31, 2015 - March 27, 2016
Welcome to Collect: The Power of Knowing. This exhibition honors collectors who have preserved and shown us works of art that we may not have seen on our own, especially art from the continent of Africa. The works show evidence of our creativity from the distant past to our current times. There is power in knowing this history. Click here to learn more...


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