Jean-Michel Basquiat Plaque Unveiled
Last Wednesday hundreds joined GVSHP and Two Boots for the unveiling of our latest historic plaque, marking the former home and studio of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at 57 Great Jones Street, just off the Bowery, in NoHo. It was a joyous event, with speakers including former collaborators of Basquiat’s, cultural historians, and writers who are experts on Basquiat’s legacy.
Basquiat is considered by many to be one of the great American artists of the late 20th century, and the themes in his work are as resonant today as they were thirty years ago when he created them. We were thrilled to gain permission to place the plaque on the former stable owned at the time by Basquiat’s friend and mentor Andy Warhol, who gave him the space in which he created some of his most renowned works. View video of the ceremony here and photos here; read more about the unveiling in Paper, Gothamist, and Hyperallergic.
The Basquiat plaque was the eighth GVSHP has placed in Greenwich Village, the East Village, and NoHo, marking significant historic and cultural sites including the former homes of James Baldwin and Frank O’Hara, and the sites of the former San Remo Café and Fillmore East. You can browse and explore more about each plaque on the official webpage, or by using GVSHP's new handy map.