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
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.
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.
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.
An original edition of the book Grapefruit is a centerpiece of the exhibition Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971, currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Yoko Ono gave Keith a copy of the bookin 1989, and we’re so happy to have it in our collection.
Don’t miss the Yoko Ono show at MoMA, on view until September 7th!
We are so excited for the opening of Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. Tseng Kwong Chi was an amazing photographer and great friend of Keith Haring. Tseng extensively documented the vibrant downtown art scene of 1980’s New York City, and also created a fascinating and complex body of performative self-portraits addressing themes of social and political identity. Visit the exhibition website for more information, and be sure to see the show!
If you can’t see the show in New York, the exhibition is traveling to additional venues, see the list here.
Conservators working on a 120″ x 120″ painting for the next leg of The Political Line exhibition tour, opening May 1 in Germany. This painting was not included in the previous exhibition venues and hasn’t been exhibited in decades. It is a wonderful addition to the show and looks amazing!
Memphis jookin’ dance icon Lil Buck explores the dynamics of Haring’s art and writing as a vehicle that inspires his own movement. A special collaboration produced by the Aspen Institute Arts Program and the de Young, directed by Damian Woetzel.