Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020 – Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020
05:00 PM – 06:30 PM
Restored 35mm Print
March 1: Post-film conversation between Michael Zilkha (executive producer of “Downtown 81” and co-chair of the MFAH film subcommittee) and artist Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art
In 1981, writer Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and on-the-rise graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about its bohemian milieu. Unreleased until 2000 and newly restored in a sparkling 35mm print, the film endures as a fascinating time capsule. Basquiat plays a struggling artist hustling for someplace to sleep. Featuring performances by legendary No Wave bands DNA, James White and the Blacks, the Plastics, and appearances by Deborah Harry, John Lurie, and Fab Five Freddy.
• “A joyous artifact ... a time machine, allowing young nostalgists to temporarily inhabit a moment that continues to inspire twenty-something culture vultures today.” —Hollywood Reporter
• “A genuine time capsule that shouldn't be missed.” —Hammer to Nail
• “Undeniably seductive, an aurally dense, fanciful travelogue.” —4Columns
• “An extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip, arty, clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era.” —Variety
• “A who’s who of the CBGB set before CBGB got turned into a sweatshirt slogan.” —New York Observer
• “The quintessential art film of the 1980s. You couldn’t make something like this today.” —Garage
HOURS & ADMISSION
Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
- MFAH Members FREE
- Adults $15
- Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
- Military (with ID) $10
- College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
- Youth (13–18) $7.50
- Children (12 & younger) FREE
- Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Paid Parking
- Street Parking
Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.
Two Parking Garages
Parking Garage HoursOpen daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Parking Garage Fees
- Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
- The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
- For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
Special Offers / Dining
Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.
Events at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Apr. 4 – Jul. 5, 2015
A PHOTOGRAPHER’S COLLECTION: GIFTS FROM MICHAEL AND MICHELE MARVINS
Feb. 14 – Apr. 26, 2020
Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection
Mar. 1 – May. 25, 2020
Glory of Spain: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library
Within Walking Distance
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