SOLD OUT: Moonlight & Movies | Downtown 81

When: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 7:00pm

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Still from Downtown 81. Courtesy of Metrograph

Please note that this event is now sold out. If you would like to join the waitlist, please email with your name, number of tickets you would like, and phone number.

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, Lydia Lunch, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and more. Introduction by New York-based artist, writer, filmmaker, and musician Michael Holman and MCNY curator Sean Corcoran.

This edition of Moonlight & Movies accompanies our hit exhibition, New York, New Music: 1980-1986 (closing September 18).

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

About Michael Holman:
Michael Holman is a musician, writer, painter, theater producer and filmmaker who created the historic breakdance crew, The New York City Breakers. He created and hosted the first nationally broadcast Hip-Hop TV show, Graffiti Rock, and co-founded the noise/art band “Gray” with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. A New York resident since 1978, Holman has been a creative and cultural force within, as well as an ambassador for, this great city for over four decades.

About djFRiTZo:
djFRiTZo the filmmaker/ soundscaper/ crowd motivator. An original Brooklynite, Fritzo proudly shoulders the mission of cultivating the lost spirit of NYC nightlife: when partying was about expression, style, and sweat. A true music lover, djFRiTZo has a vinyl collection of over 20,000 records, and an equally extensive digital library of music videos, that span many genres and eras. As a former music video director, he combined his two passions, music and the moving picture and created the Music Video Jam! where he mixes music videos on HD screens, immersing guests in a unique visual and sonic experience. Having honed his craft over the years in countless NYC clubs, bars, galleries, warehouses, a night with djFRiTZo is an entertaining experience thru music and memories.

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:


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


This program is co-presented with Metrograph

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