From March 16 to July 8, Brooklyn Museum will show Keith Haring: 1978-1982, the first large-scale exhibition that explores the early career of one of america's most popular and well-known artists of the twentieth-century. The exhibition chronicles the period in the artist's career from when he left his Pennsylvania home and arrived in New York city to attend the school of visual arts. It traces the development of his studio practice and production of public and political street art, whereby he immersed himself into New York's downtown culture, befriending other creatives such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.
This show explores Haring's role as a curator and facilitator of performances and exhibitions of work by other artists, often pursuing unconventional locations for these presentations that usually only lasted one night. The flyers that he created to advertise these events now remaining as documentation of his curatorial practice.
More Keith Haring art is being brought public through the Meridan app which we featured in one of our earlier posts this week. View here.
Keith Haring: 1978-1982 Brooklyn Museum, new york on now until July 2nd, 2012
“The Keith Haring Foundation has scanned Keith’s journals from 1971 to 1989, some of which are featured in KEITH HARING: 1978–1982. A page will be posted each day for the duration of the show."
I have to give kudos to the Brooklyn Museum for joining the growing ranks of museums that effectively use social media to promote and enrich their exhibitions (SFMOMA is another standout example). Of course it’s fun to point out the doodles and nascent markers of Haring’s iconography, but I find the grocery lists, hurried budgets and hopeful stabs at poetry to be the most poignant. There are many, many more pages to come, so take a moment to add KEITH HARING to your Tumblr feed (and starting padding the Moleskine that’s been gathering dust underneath the bed, ’cause…you never know).