Past Events

Book Signing with Jeanine Heriveaux & Lisane Basquiat

Join Us For A Special Appearance And Book Signing With Jeanine Heriveaux & Lisane Basquiat

Meet the authors, curators, and executive producers of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©  and get your personal copy of the exhibition catalog signed. Enjoy music by DJ Monalisa and take 30% off selected items at the Emporium.

See the exhibition while you're here and save – buy a ticket and catalog together for $80. Click RSVP below for more information.

Wednesday, December 13th

– 6:00 - 8:00 PM

– King Pleasure® Emporium

– 100 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Beat Bop Drop

In celebration of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the closing of the landmark King Pleasure© Exhibition in Los Angeles, the Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat has released 10 of the original vinyl test pressings of the iconic single Beat Bop with Rammellzee & K-Rob in a special numbered edition.

Legendary Halloween

Join us for LA’s most coveted Halloween celebration hosted by King Pleasure© and Legendary Damon, with beats by DJ Daisyodell. Come dressed as your favorite artist, musician, or personality from the ’80s art world, and enjoy an unforgettable night in our recreation of the Michael Todd VIP room from the famed NYC Palladium nightclub. Tickets include full exhibition access and cocktails for those +21 by Don Londres Tequila, Olga Vodka, Le Kool Champagne, Maison 9 Rosé, and Madre Mezcal.

King Pleasure© Block Party x The Grand LA

Join King Pleasure© and The Grand LA  for an epic afternoon of art, music, and family fun on October 21st from Noon to 5pm. Enjoy full access to the King Pleasure© exhibition at special rates that include free guided tours on the hour (first come first served), art projects for the kids with P.S. Arts, break-dancing lessons, a photo booth by Picture Perfect, food trucks, DJ’s by Amoeba Music, and coffee and pastries from Sip and Sonder.


Join us for a rare conversation with Jean-Michel Basquiat's friends, hosted by his sisters, Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux, co-administrators of the Basquiat Estate. Artist and painter Lee Quiñones who pioneered the subway painting movement, and American contemporary artist Toxic will discuss their friendship with Jean-Michel, graffiti art, and share stories from the NYC and LA art scene in the 1980s. The panel will be followed by an after-party with a special DJ set by Toxic and cocktails for those +21 by Olga Vodka and Madre Mezcal. Space is limited.


Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in the spirit of generosity. Understanding that artists need support in order to flourish, he created and fostered a sense of community by actively investing in the work of fellow artists and encouraging them to pursue their ambitions. Elevating other artists was important to him, and integral to how he showed up in the world.

Join curator A.J. Girard, alongside Jean-Michel’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux  (co-administrators of the Jean-Michel Basquiat Estate), as they host an intimate talk with an impressive array of multidisciplinary artists. Laci Jordan, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., Murjoni Merriweather and Deun Ivory will discuss their work and personal journey making art in today’s world.

Tickets include full access to the immersive King Pleasure© exhibition, artist talk in the iconic Palladium room, and cocktails for guests 21+ courtesy of iBest Wines and Bisquit & Dubouché cognac. Seating is limited, click the "Get Tickets" link to reserve your spot now.

Beat Bop: Basquiat & Hip Hop

Presented by Citi and The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat with support from UMG, official music sponsor of King Pleasure©

Celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat and Hip Hop’s 50th Anniversary with exhibition viewing and panel discussion hosted by Jeanine Heriveaux and Lisane Basquiat featuring special guests. After the panel, join us back at the exhibition courtyard for an after party featuring a special guest DJ.

Music was always a strong influence on Jean-Michel’s paintings – jazz, bebop and hip hop – musical genres that resonated with him and the subject of many of his works. Stylistically, his works often deconstruct and reassemble subjects, similar to the cadence of hip hop. And in his use of language - challenging preconceived ideology - is something that hip hop and Jean-Michel shared.

In 1983 Jean-Michel produced and arranged “Beat-Bop” with K Rob and Rammellzee. Jean-Michel also designed the album cover. It was featured in the movie Wild Style and was ranked by Rolling Stone among the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of all time.


5:30PM: King Pleasure© Exhibition Viewing – The Grand, 100 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

7:30PM: Panel Discussion – Zipper Concert Hall at Colburn School, 200 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles

9:00PM: After Party Featuring Special Guest DJ – The Grand Courtyard, 100 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles


Join Us For A Special Appearance And Book Signing With Jeanine Heriveaux & Lisane Basquiat

Meet the authors, curators, and executive producers of Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure© and co-administrators of the Estate and get your personal copy of the book signed. Featuring Music By DJ Monalisa.

Wednesday, September 6th

– 5:00 - 7:00 PM
– King Pleasure® Emporium
– 100 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jean-Michel and His LA Experience

Between 1982 and 1984, Jean-Michel enjoyed frequent trips to Los Angeles, staying for months at a time. He loved working and living in LA, made many friends, and appreciated the respite from New York and opportunity to focus on his art. During those years, he worked and lived with Larry Gagosian for a time and had two solo exhibitions at Gagosian gallery. He subsequently maintained a studio space in Venice that Fred Hoffman found for him, and created a suite of prints with Hoffman.

Tamra Davis was a film student at Los Angeles City College and a gallery assistant who filmed interviews with Jean-Michel during this time that became her acclaimed documentary The Radiant Child. She also drove him around LA since he never learned to drive.


After gaining over 1.5B+ streams and having his previous album, Mr. Money With The Vibe, set the record for becoming the highest-charting Nigerian debut album of all-time, global superstar Asake is back with his second album, Work Of Art. Asake was previously mentioned in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork, The FACE, & more atop of their ‘Best of 2022’ lists, with Rolling Stone noting he has “become one of Nigeria’s biggest breakout stars in recent years”.

To celebrate, EMPIRE is hosting an album release party in partnership with Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure©. Asake's Work of Art Paint & Sip Party will invite fans to create their own "Work of Art" with an exclusive guided painting session drawn from inspiration of the artwork seen within the King Pleasure exhibition in Los Angeles and the Asake single titled "Basquiat".

Tickets include access to view nearly 200 rarely seen paintings, drawings, ephemera and artifacts from the Jean-Michel Basquiat curated from the family estate, guided paint & sip*, music from the Work of Art album, and curated cocktails.

Three guided Paint & Sip seated sessions, limited to the first 120 guests who register for each session upon arrival. Last entry is 8:00 pm. Gallery doors close promptly at 8:30pm. 21+

Jean-Michel and the NewYork Art Scene

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a vital part of the New York Art scene in the late 1970s and 1980s. He first met Kenny Scharf in 1979 at the School of Visual Arts. Subsequently they were exhibited in the same group shows and their paths crossed innumerable times in the downtown clubs and the East Village art scene.

Both Scharf and Jean-Michel produced commissions for the Palladium nightclub. Jeffrey Deitch, art dealer and curator first encountered Jean-Michel's work in 1978 and in 1980 wrote the first mention of Jean-Michel's work in the press. Since then, he has remained deeply supportive of his work.

Book Signing With Lisane Basquiat

Join us this Thursday, July 13th for a King Pleasure© Pop-up at Maxfield LA, one of the locations featured on Jean-Michel’s LA Map in gallery one of the exhibition. During his time in LA (1982 – 1984) Jean-Michel shopped at Maxfield for high-end fashion. On one occasion, he purchased a raw silk Versace suit which he wore out of the store with cuffs pinned.

Copies of the catalog and more King Pleasure© LA limited edition items will be available for purchase on-site. RSVPs are now closed as this event is at capacity.

How Hip Hop Became a Revolution in American Visual Art and Culture

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with Lisane Basquiat, co-executor of The Estate of Jean-Michel, legendary artist and Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, Keith Haring Foundation Executive Director Gil Vazquez, and producer, curator, and President of Channel Zero Productions Lorrie Boula.

Join us for a discussion about hip-hop’s global impact, including its influence on visual art and culture of 1980s New York and beyond. Tickets: $25

Co-presented by The Broad in conjunction with the special exhibition Keith Haring: Art Is for Everybody, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World, and Universal Music Enterprise (UMe).

Friday Nights with Basquiat

Join us for a live DJ and drinks every Friday in June
5:00-9:00pm | Included in the price of admission
Discount code: NOYZNTHEHOOD

Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.