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#BasquiatAGO: Now’s the Time to party!

April 30th, 2015


All good things must end, but we’re not saying goodbye to Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time without one last hurrah. To celebrate the exhibition and say thank you to everyone who supported its run at the AGO, we’re throwing a special party during its closing weekend. On May 9, 2015, we’re staying open from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and making specially priced tickets available for those hours so everyone in Toronto can experience this rare chance to see Basquiat’s work in Canada.

An all-ages event, the evening will feature DJs spinning music from Basquiat’s era, pop-up spoken word and beat-boxing performances, plus cash bars and food service (for guests 19+) in Walker Court. At 7 and 8:30 p.m., check out Counterpoint, a special performance organized by the AGO Youth Council featuring break dancers and ballet dancers that explores the relationship between high culture and pop culture through an unforgettable mashup. All programming is presented in partnership with Unity Charity.

Want to join us? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Tickets for timed-entry to Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time between 5:30 and 10 p.m. — which include admission to the party — are $12.50 for all ages. Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children five and under.
  • Tickets are available for purchase online at, in person and over the phone. The last timed-entry to the exhibition is 9 p.m.
  • The AGO’s other exhibitions and gallery spaces will be closed during the party.
  • The exhibition remains on view for one final day on Sunday, May 10, 2015, during normal visiting hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, and regular prices remain in effect.

About Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time
Praised as “impressively broad and surprisingly nuanced” by the Globe and Mail, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time marks the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in Canada. Featuring over 80 artworks, primarily large-scale paintings and works on paper from museums and private collections across North America and Europe, the exhibition has been on view at the AGO since Feb. 7, 2015. An overnight celebrity and art world superstar by age 20, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) became famous for his powerful paintings that referenced the world around him — art history, music, the urban environment and popular culture — to explore issues of race, identity and social injustice. See the art and learn more at

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