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Downtown 81 (WAG Rooftop Retreat)

Thursday, September 17
Doors at 7pm, Film at 8:30pm
Directed by Edo Bertoglio
1981, USA, 75 min

Tickets on sale now!

In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew, with a script by O’Brien, Bertoglio directing, and Basquiat, a naturally compelling presence, starring. Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment. Featuring John Lurie, Fab Five Freddy, and Debbie Harry, with musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts—and Manhattan in all its mangy glory.


Cinematheque and the WAG present a trio of contemporary and classic art docs and films!

Enjoy summer nights and amazing skyline views as you support local artists, performers, and other groups on the WAG’s stunning Rooftop Sculpture Garden!

Enhance your rooftop experience with a dinner from SMITH, the award-winning restaurant from Inn at the Forks. Inspired by the artists, performers and groups that will grace the WAG rooftop this summer, Executive Chef Barry Saunders has curated a selection of menus that are big on flavour and fun, using the best local suppliers. Cash bar featuring select beer, wine and specialty cocktails available.

*Please note, in the case of inclement weather, the event will relocate to an indoor space in the WAG and refunds will not be issued. For the latest updates, check this page.

Presented in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Reviews

(Downtown 81) isn't a capsule containing images of the past, but rather, a time machine, allowing young nostalgists to temporarily inhabit a moment that continues to inspire twenty-something culture vultures today.
– John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter  
Jam-packed with riveting perf[romance]s by some of the hottest underground Gotham bands of the early ’80s, Downtown 81 is an extraordinary real-life snapshot of hip, arty, clubland Manhattan in the post-punk era.
– Brendan Kelly, Variety
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