Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno is a citywide exhibition presenting the work and life of poet, artist, and activist, John Giorno, which opened this week in venues across Manhattan. Giorno, an iconic figure of New York’s downtown art scene, is perhaps most widely-known for his Dial-a-Poem phone line where anyone could call in and listen to poets, musicians, and activists performing their works. The Dial-a-Poem line has been reprised for this exhibition and can be reached by calling (641) 793-8122.
While still a student, Keith Haring was heavily influenced by the work of John Giorno and other innovative poets and writers, like William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Keith wrote about this inspiration his journals, most notably in a piece he titled “A Chunk Called Poetry,” which can be read on our Tumblr on journal pages 62-67. Later, Keith would collaborate with many of these artists. Below is an album cover Keith created for a 1985 record compilation issued by Giorno Poetry Systems titled, A Diamond Hidden in the Mouth of a Corpse, which included such artists as Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, Diamanda Galás, and Coil.
Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno is open now and runs through August 6, 2017. For more information and a list of participating venues visit http://www.ilovejohngiorno.nyc
Keith Haring was an activist as well as an artist, creating posters, murals, logos, pins, etc., for causes as wide-ranging as anti-littering and literacy outreach, to AIDS awareness and anti-Apartheid.
His fine artwork also directly addressed social concerns; sometimes using humor, as in the collages he created from New York Post headlines that he Xeroxed and posted around the city; and sometimes illustrating the brutality of the system, such as in Michael Stewart – USA for Africa, a response to the killing of the young graffiti artist Michael Stewart.
Keith occaisionally struggled with feelings of hopelessness in the face bigotry and corruption, but still he fought on however he was able. Before his death on this date in 1990, he established the Keith Haring Foundation so that it could continue the work he began.
“We go forward, we have the means, but we’re still in the same situation. And we still fightin’.
This poster from our archive is for a concert organized by Refuse & Resist! a human rights organization founded in 1987. Keith Haring created the group’s logo seen on the poster. Learn more about the history of Refuse & Resist! here.
For 28 years Planned Parenthood of New York City’s Project Street Beat has been providing health care, education, and support services throughout New York City through its innovative street-based outreach strategy.
The Keith Haring Foundation proudly supports Project Street Beat and Planned Parenthood!
Come celebrate pride this Sunday, June 26, with the biggest LGBT pride celebration in the world! Everyone is invited to share in free and inclusive events that commemorate and celebrate diversity and equality.
The march begins at noon on Sunday at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue, and works its way downtown to Christopher and Greenwich Streets in the West Village. Also on Sunday is PrideFest, Heritage of Pride’s annual LGBT street fair.
For complete information, parade route, and a full list of events visit NYC Pride.
Congratulations to Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, recipients of the 2016 – 2017 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College.
Hilal and Petti, architects and critics based in Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories, have been selected as the third winner of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism. Made possible through a five year-grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, the Haring Fellowship is an annual award for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at CCS Bard and the Human Rights Project. Their one-year appointment will begin in September 2016. Hilal and Petti succeed New Delhi–based artist and curator Shuddhabrata Sengupta who held the Fellowship during 2015-16.
For more information about Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, and the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College, please see the full CCS Bard announcement here.
This photo shows party-goers at the second annual Party of Life, hosted by Keith Haring in May of 1985 at the newly re-opened Palladium nightclub on East 14th Street in New York City. 5,000 people were sent puzzles in a box as an invite to the party, the box also contained buttons that attendees had to wear in order to gain entrance. Today, May 4th, would’ve been his 58th birthday.