Black Bodies Matter

By Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 As a student at Williams, Chaédria LaBouvier ’07 promised herself that one day she would bring the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat to campus. Back then, she never could have foreseen the ways in which his potent work and her own life would intersect, culminating in the Williams College Museum of Art’s

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Getting a Read on Basquiat

1983, graffiti artist Michael Stewart was beaten by New York City police officers following an arrest for vandalism. He fell into a coma and died 13 days later. His friend and fellow artist Jean-Michel Basquiat paid tribute to Stewart, painting Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart) on the wall of Keith Haring’s studio. The painting,

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