Speaking tonight on a panel at the AGO’s First Thursday event…about Basquiat, revolutionary art practice and our current moment!

Thrilled to be part of this conversation tonight! Check it out here! 7-10 pm. Panel discussion at 7:30 sharp!

You can follow the #AGO1st hashtag tonight to be part of the virtual conversation.

About the panel:

Jean-Michel Basquiat boldly and directly confronted issues of race, class, police brutality and social justice in his work. These issues are at the forefront of today’s cultural discourse and will be the focus of a panel discussion of Toronto-based young Black artists, artists, thinkers and cultural figures. The panelists will share their insights on the realities of anti-black racism, state-sanctioned violence and other issues, using Basquiat’s work and legacy as a jumping-off point. Presented in partnership with the Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition, “It Could Have Been Me”: Perspectives on the Fight for Racial Justice and the Legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat will be moderated by Kim Katrin Milan and will feature artist and educator Randell Adjei, social justice educator janaya (j) khan, Mustafa Ahmed (aka Mustafa the Poet) and artist/activist Syrus Marcus Ware. The panel will also feature introductory remarks by Alexandria Williams of the Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition and Stephanie Smith, the AGO’s Chief Curator, and will run from 7:30 to 9 pm in the AGO’s Baillie Court.

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