Moonlight & Movies | Downtown 81

When: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 7:00pm
Price: General Admission $20 | Members $15 | Students $15
Still from Downtown 81. Courtesy of Metrograph

Follow the steps of Jean-Michel Basquiat, graffiti innovator and noise music artist, through 1980's Lower Manhattan in Edo Bertoglio's cult classic film. Shot in 1980-81 but only released in 2000, the film features cameos by Debbie Harry and Fab Five Freddy plus musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and more. Introduction by Sean Corcoran, curator of our hit exhibition New York, New Music: 1980-1986 (closing Sept. 18).

Event Timeline:
6:00 pm - Happy Hour with DJ on the South Terrace; drinks & snacks available for purchase.  New York, New Music: 1980-1986 open for viewing (3rd Floor)
7:00 pm - Introduction by Sean Corcoran - additional speaker to be announced
7:20 pm - Screening of Downtown 81 (75 mins)
8:35 pm - Film ends, Museum closes. 


Event Logistics (subject to change based on NYC regulations):

  • In case of rain, this event will move indoors into Ronay Menschel Hall (Ground Floor).  
  • Please contact with any questions or ticketing issues.
  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. 

Watch the Trailer:

General Admission $20 | Members $15 | Students $15
Tickets include all-day entrance to the Museum (open 10am - 9pm)

Accessibility: Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.

Members: To receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page. 



Moonlight & Movies is made possible in part by Sophia and Peter J. Volandes.


This program is co-presented with Metrograph

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