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.
Dead men cannot walk the earth. That’s true, but a work of art does not die. Its shape may be shattered, but the spirit of art cannot be broken. The spirit of art jested, and that was no joke.
Hans Christian Andersen, from The Most Incredible Thing
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Visual AIDS presents the exhibition Party Out of Bounds: Nightlife as Activism Since 1980 opening September 18th at La MaMa Galleria.
The exhibition focuses on the intersection of the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis and nightlife from the 1980s to the present, and showcases the transformative possibilities of nightlife as an alternative form of activism. Featuring artists and collaborators working in a wide variety of mediums including photography, video, painting, sculpture, drawing and site-specific installations, Party Out Of Bounds presents both past and present nightlife scenes. The exhibition also highlights archival materials including flyers by Keith Haring and David Wojnarowicz, and ephemera from clubs that merged activism, art, performance and parties.
Visual AIDS is a not-for-profit arts organization that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visit the Visual AIDS website to learn more about this exhibition and all of the other amazing work that they do.
Exhibition information can also be found on the La MaMa website – another incredible and storied not-for-profit cultural organization.
The exhibition runs through October 10th.
Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have long been supporters of the arts, and have built a new home for their collection of post-war and contemporary art, which includes the work of Keith Haring. The Broad opens on September 20th entrance to the museum is free.
Read Holland Cotter’s recent review of The Broad in the NY Times here. Visit The Broad website to learn more about it’s collection and it’s mission to expand access to, and engagement with, contemporary art.
In 1988 Keith visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and wrote the following in his journal:
We all went to visit the Peace Museum & Memorial, which is a vivid documentation of the horrors of Hiroshima. It is impossible to imagine the magnitude of the bombing until you personally experience this museum. I had, of course, read about and seen some photos of Hiroshima, but I never felt it like this. It is incredible that this destruction was caused by a bomb that was made in 1945, and that the level of sophistication and number of nuclear warheads has increased since then. Who could ever want this to happen again? To anyone? The frightening thing is that people debate and discuss the arms race as if they were playing with toys. All of these men should have to come here, not to a bargaining table in some safe European country.
Marcel Duchamp was born on July 28, 1887. This photo shows Keith sitting outside of the North Wing Pediment of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The rectangle outlined in silver above Keith’s head is the window to the Duchamp Gallery. Not part of the original building, the window was created at the request of Marcel Duchamp as part of his directed placement for his work The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass). Learn more about this work and the amazing Duchamp collection housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art here.
Keith Haring loved sneakers and wore them everywhere, all the time, whether working with Grace Jones for her performance at the Paradise Garage in 1985, or painting the Berlin Wall in 1986. We know he would be psyched to see The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Brooklyn Museum, which opens today and runs through October 4. It looks amazing! To learn more about the exhibition visit the Brooklyn Museum website and be sure to see the show.
Keith Haring created this logo for Heritage of Pride, the organization that hosts New York City’s Pride events in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement. The Stonewall Inn was recently granted landmark status by New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the first time a New York City site has been designated as a landmark primarily for its significance to LGBT history. Read more about the decision here.
The annual NYC Pride March, the culminating event of Gay Pride month, starts 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 happening on Sunday are PrideFest and Dance on the Pier, a fund-raiser featuring Ariana Grande.
For complete information, parade route, and a full list of events visit NYC Pride.