Rotating Display of Objects from Keith Haring's Pop Shop and AIDS Activism On View at the New-York Historical Society Through September 15, 2012
New York, NY, May 25, 2012 —In 1986, internationally famed artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) opened the Pop Shop—the ceiling of which is installed above the admissions area of the New-York Historical Society—at 292 Lafayette Street. There the artist displayed and sold affordable clothing and other items bearing images he had created, including images to rally people for the fight against AIDS. In honor of Haring’s contributions to the campaign against this devastating epidemic, and in recognition of the generosity of the Keith Haring Foundation in donating the Pop Shop ceiling, New-York Historical is collaborating with the Foundation in installing a rotating display of the artist’s Pop Shop items, AIDS awareness designs and related materials in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. All objects on view in the rotating display will be on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation Archive.
Haring himself was diagnosed with AIDS, two years after he opened the Pop Shop. Haring became closely associated with ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), which was founded in 1987. As much as he saw the Pop Shop as a type of public performance that expanded upon his philosophy that art should be accessible to everyone, Haring saw his AIDS activism as an extension of his activities and responsibilities as an artist, helping to counter a mainstream image of the disease as (in his words) “punishment…for something that was bad.”
Included in the first of the rotating displays are posters designed by Haring for ACT UP and the New York City Health Department, lapel buttons, promotional designs for events, letters, logos and publications.
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