As we anticipate the opening of the Keith Haring exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, it seems like a good time to check out all the ways that you can enjoy the artist’s work around the city. There are events, extant murals and installations at the New York Historical Society, MoMA and Pace Prints, as well as other public work from the Financial District to Harlem. Here is a selection of some things to see and how to see them.
Poster with Brooke Sheilds
The New York Historical Society, which installed the ceiling from Mr. Haring's original Pop Shop over its admissions desk back in November, has a new love-themed display at its rotating Pop Shop installation. The display includes photos of Mr. Haring creating Valentine's Day subway drawings, woodblocks with a bag hand-sewn by Mr. Haring's mother and a poster of Brooke Sheilds by Mr. Haring and Richard Avedon that Ms. Shields inscribed to Mr. Haring: "Dear Keith/you are so sweet and/have such refreshing talent. Thank you/for being/my/friend/Love/ Brooke/Shields/xx/'88.
Photo © Richard Avedon © Keith Haring Foundation
Monumental scroll at Pace Prints featuring The Blueprint Drawings
On March 17, a day after the Haring exhibition opens at the Brooklyn Museum, there will be a unique, monumental 80-foot-long silkscreen on view at Pace Prints in Chelsea. The work, which has never been on view before, consists of one continuous sheet of paper printed with all 17 images from Haring’s 1990 “Blueprint Portfolio,” one of which is above.The print, on loan from the Haring Foundation, will be displayed on the 4th floor of Pace Prints for one or two months.
Keith Haring, The Blueprint Drawings, 1990. Silkscreen on paper Courtesy Pace Prints ©Keith Haring Foundation
'Crack is Wack' mural
Located on a handball court at 128th Street and 2nd Avenue, this 1986 mural was inspired by the crack epidemic and the effect it had on New York City. You can also see it while driving south on the FDR.
Photo courtesy Keith Haring Foundation
Keith Haring. 'Untitled,' 1982.
Currently on view at MoMA as part of the installation "Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now" on the second floor, and on display for the first time in two decades is Haring’s Untitled (1982), a 56-foot sumi ink on paper work depicting apocalyptic events in Haring’s signature style. On view through April 8.
Photo © Jason Mandella. Courtesy Museum of Modern Art
Sculpture in the financial district
Outside 17 State Street in the Financial District, two Haring sculptures, dated 1986 and 1989, are on display.
Courtesy Alliance for Downtown New York
Keith Haring exhibited salon style at the Brucennial
Haring acrylic on canvas work exhibited salon style at the Brucennial.
Photo courtesy Nick Gaetano.
Mural at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (Carmine Street Pool)
You'll have to wait until summer to enjoy this one close up. Located in the West Village at One Clarkson Street, between 7th Avenue and Varick Street, this 1987 mural is visible from a distance until then.
Mural in bathroom at LGBT Community Center
Beginning on March 8, for the month of March, Haring’s sexually explicit 1989 mural in the former men’s bathroom at the LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street), will be accessible to the public.
Courtesy LGBT Community Center
Mural at Grace House
In the mid-'80s, Haring painted a mural at Grace House, a community center at the Church of the Ascension on the Upper West Side. The mural begins in the lobby and extends up the staircase to the mother superior's suite on the third floor.
Courtesy Grace House.
Altar at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Mr. Haring's last sculptural work, created not long before his death in 1990, can be viewed at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (112th and Amsterdam) in the chapel of St. Savior.
Photo courtesy Clap for Bacon