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GRAFFITI ROCK: An Evening with Michael Holman


Friday, September 14

Hip-hop multi-hyphenate Michael Holman will present Graffiti Rock and other hip-hop curiosities at a special evening, moderated by writer Dave Tompkins (The New Yorker, New York Magazine) author of How To Wreck A Nice Beach, a history of the vocoder. 

An influential observer of popular culture and entertainment, Michael Holman is a filmmaker, artist, writer, and musician, based in New York City. A pioneer in the Downtown New York Art Scene and Uptown Hip Hop Scene, Holman founded the band Gray - an industrial atmospheric, noise group - with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as created and produced the first Hip Hop television show, Graffiti Rock in 1984. Holman is a writer/director/producer/educator of film (wrote the screenplay for the Miramax film Basquiat) television, theater (wrote and directed live stage performances for Niles Rodgers and Tommy Boy Music) and writes art criticism for British magazine, Art Monthly. Holman and original band mate Nick Taylor continue to record and perform as Gray in high end museums around the world. Holman is also a painter of splendid works on canvas, and through his revolutionary voice, vision and style, has helped set the stage for a new epoch in world culture.

 Dave Tompkins.

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