Lorraine O’Grady is a conceptual artist and cultural critic. The exhibition, Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And, opening this week at the Brooklyn Museum, is the first retrospective of over four decades of work. Her work often explores the ways in which hybridity has shaped the modern Western world.
In 1983, O’Grady invited 28 artists, 14 of whom were Black and 14 white, to participate in her exhibition and conceptual art piece, The Black and White Show, including Keith Haring. The exhibition was a response to the intransigent segregation of the art world, and its purpose was to materialize equality.
The exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum highlights O’Grady’s long engagement with art historical omissions and institutional failings related to those excluded from the canon.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which began the morning of June 28, 1969, when New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. Among the working-class patrons who refused to be arrested quietly were the transgender activist Marsha P. Johnson and the gay artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. The confrontation spilled out into the street in protests and violent clashes; the riots continued for days, marking a turning point in the fight for queer civil rights.
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, is New York City Pride Month, which culminates this weekend with the celebratory NYC Pride March this Sunday, June 30th, at Noon. The Queer Liberation March, also on Sunday, steps off at 9:30 a.m., and seeks to be a more somber and inclusive march, casting a critical eye towards corporate pinkwashing. To learn more about the Queer Liberation March, read its Why We March statement. Both marches are free to attend and welcoming to all.
Gladstone Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Keith Haring, all created between 1987 and 1989. These exquisite and surprising compositions, some of which are being exhibited for the first time, capture Haring’s invented version of reality that defined his artistic career. Astutely employing popular culture, sexual imagery, and religious iconography, the collages and large-scale paintings on view offer a deeply personal andcritically important narrative, while simultaneously providing rare examples of works created during the last years of Haring’s life.
The exhibition will be on view at Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street, from November 3, 2018 through December 21, 2018.
We are excited to announce Apocalypse, an exhibition of limited edition prints highlighting the collaborations between Keith Haring, William Burroughs and Brion Gysin at Pace Prints 521 West 26th Street Gallery. The exhibition also features archival material from the Haring Foundation archives that documents the background and relationships from which these works were created.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 1, from 6-8pm. The exhibition is on view through December 21, 2018.
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.
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.