Dec 1, World AIDS Day

Once Upon a Time... mural
Once Upon a Time… 1989 © Keith Haring Foundation, Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi, 1989 © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York

In May of 1989, Keith painted his mural Once Upon a Time… in a bathroom at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (known colloquially as The Center) in New York City.

Keith viewed this mural as a memorial to the casualties of AIDS, and to the loss of a time when expression of sexual freedom could be experienced as a joyful celebration.  The mural still exists today, and the room is no longer a bathroom, but functions as a sanctuary and place of contemplation for many people impacted by the AIDS crisis.

The Center has been a home and resource hub for the LGBT community, NYC residents, and visitors since its founding in 1983.  It provides a place to connect and engage, find camaraderie and support, and celebrate the vibrancy and growth of the LGBT community.  The Center offers the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services.

To learn more about The Center, and how you can visit the mural, go to

World AIDS Day, designated on December 1st every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

Keith Haring painting Once Upon a Time...
Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi, 1989 © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York

“CRACK IS WACK” Mural Restored

Keith Haring painting Crack is Wack, June 1986
Keith Haring painting Crack is Wack, June 1986

Keith Haring first painted his iconic Crack is Wack mural in June of 1986 as a response to witnessing, first-hand, the crack epidemic ravaging communities, and the ineffectual and devastating policies of the U.S. government’s War on Drugs, with its inane “Just Say No ” slogan.  While painting the mural he was arrested and fined.   Eventually, the first version of the mural was painted over, but in October of 1986, Henry Stern, the Commissioner of the New York City Parks Department, asked Keith to paint the wall again, with full permission from the Parks Department.

Keith Haring with Crack is Wack mural, October, 1986
Keith Haring with Crack is Wack mural, October, 1986 Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi , 1986 © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
Keith Haring in front of south facing side Crack is Wack mural, October, 1986
Keith Haring in front of south facing side of Crack is Wack mural, October, 1986

The mural still exists as a statement about the impact of addiction, and the urgency to act in the face of suffering.

Visit the newly restored Crack is Wack mural and park at 128th Street and Second Ave.  Read the NYC Parks Department press release about this new restoration here.

Stonewall 50 and NYC Pride


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.

A number of  New York City institutions are hosting exhibitions about the Stonewall Uprising.  Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989, is an exhibition across two venues, the Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian ArtStonewall 50 at the New-York Historical Society; and Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall at the Brooklyn Museum, to list just a few.  Learn more about the Uprising by visiting these and the many other organizations hosting exhibitions and events in NYC.

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.

Happy Pride!

Happy Birthday, Keith!

Keith Haring 14 years old

Keith Haring would have been 61 years old today had he not succumbed to HIV/AIDS related complications in 1990.  He surely would have been hopeful and optimistic in light of recent findings that have led the media to proclaim the “end of AIDS is in sight.”  However, for many, access to medicine and healthcare remains a major hurdle in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

According to the World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “The right to health for all people means that everyone should have access to the health services they need, when and where they need them, without suffering financial hardship.  No one should get sick and die just because they are poor, or because they cannot access the health services they need.”

As we continue the fight against HIV/AIDS, it is critical that we understand that healthcare is a human right.

May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990

Untitled, 1989
Untitled, 1989

“I accept my fate, I accept my life.  I accept my shortcomings, I accept the struggle.  I accept my inability to understand.  I accept what I will never become and what I will never have.  I accept death and I accept life.  I have no profound realizations — it is blind acceptance and some kind of faith.”

-Keith Haring, Journals, February 15, 1989


December 1, 2018

Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Act Up poster, 1989
Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death, Act Up poster, 1989

This year marks the 30thanniversary of World AIDS Day.  World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illness.  Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

There are an estimated 37 million people living with the virus worldwide today.  Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV, and we have much more knowledge about the condition.  And, after over 30 years of the HIV pandemic, the world may soon witness the birth of an AIDS-free generation, with new infections in children reduced by more than half globally. 

However, World AIDS Day serves as an important reminder that HIV has not gone away – preventative outreach and lifelong treatment remain vital, and stigma and discrimination are still a reality for many people living with the condition. The need to provide care, raise awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education persists.

During his lifetime Keith Haring worked to raise awareness of the disease.  Before succumbing to AIDS-related illness in 1990, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to help continue the fight against HIV.

To learn more about World AIDS Day visit

And to learn how you can help in the fight towards achieving an AIDS-free generation visit

AIDS mural Barcelona
Together We Can Stop AIDS, mural, Barcelona, 1989
AIDS Hotline poster, NYC, 1989
AIDS Hotline poster, NYC, 1989

Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery

Gladstone Gallery announcement

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.

Keith Haring: Apocalypse at Pace Prints


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.

William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Keith Haring, Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi, 1985 © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York
William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, and Keith Haring, Photo by Tseng Kwong Chi, 1985 © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc., New York

Pace Prints Apocalypse

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 1, from 6-8pm.  The exhibition is on view through December 21, 2018.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden selected as the 2018 – 2019 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Photo by: Texas Isaiah, 2018

Congratulations to Tiona Nekkia McClodden, recipient of the 2018 – 2019 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College.

McClodden is an interdisciplinary artist whose work takes a critical look at intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary.  During her appointment at Bard College McClodden will continue her research of influential black artists working at the height of the AIDS epidemic whose work remains understudied.  The research will lead to a publication on their work.

The Fellowship is 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.  McClodden succeeds Galit Eilat who held the Fellowship for 2017-18.  Prior recipients include architects Alessandro Petti and Sandi Hilal, artist and curator Shuddhabrata Sengupta, and artist Jeanne van Heeswijk.

For more information about Tiona Nekkia McClodden, the Center for Curatorial Studies, and the Human Rights Project at Bard College, please see the full CCS Bard announcement here.

Happy Birthday Keith!

AIDS Free GenerationKeith Haring would have been 60 years old today had he not succumbed to AIDS related complications in 1990.  He established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989 so that he could continue to help the fight against AIDS even after his death.  The Keith Haring Foundation is proud to be partnering with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in their effort to see an AIDS-free generation by 2020.

To learn more about the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation and to help support their work visit