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The MFA brings its Basquiat exhibition to a Late Nites event on Instagram

Boston-based poet, rapper, and educator Oompa will host the hourlong affair Friday

Hollywood Africans, 1983, Jean-Michel Basquiat. (Courtesy Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York)

On Friday night at the Museum of Fine Arts, young revelers were supposed to attend an after-hours event celebrating artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and his contemporaries in the post-graffiti movement. With the museum closed, those cocktail-soaked festivities aren’t being canceled — they’re being moved to Instagram.

The museum will host its inaugural Insta Late Nites event Friday with a 9:30 p.m. broadcast at Boston-based poet, rapper, and educator Oompa will host the hourlong affair, treating audiences to live music. The event also includes a curator-led tour of the museum’s “Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation” exhibition (originally scheduled to open April 5).


Meanwhile, the museum will virtually open the Basquiat exhibition on its own website with tours, videos, and a curated Spotify playlist. “Almost all these artists are artists of color who really made an amazing space for their voices in the art world and also helped to launch hip-hop culture,” said contemporary art curator Liz Munsell. Find the show at

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