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Free Screening of The Universe of Keith Haring on August 20 at 7 PM

New York, NY, July 29, 2013 – Beginning August 9, a new installation in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture will feature everyday items transformed by famed New York artist Keith Haring. Keith Haring All-Over explores the artist’s use of unconventional surfaces: clothing, furniture and skin; as well as photographs and videos that document his process and passion for making ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art.

Known for his chalk drawings on subway station walls and public murals, Keith Haring left his mark on nearly anything he could find—even the bodies of other artists—all painted with detail and finesse. Highlights of the installation include photos and videos of Haring’s collaborations with Bill T. Jones, Grace Jones, and Madonna that feature painted clothing or backdrops, including a jacket worn by Madonna when she performed at Haring’s first “Party of Life” birthday celebration in 1984.

In 1986, Haring decorated a photo shoot set with his iconic patterns for a session with photographer Annie Leibovitz. Haring hand-painted a middle-class living room interior—including the television, lamps, furniture, window, walls, ceiling, floor and his own body—in less than an hour. Leibovitz shot the portrait sequence in only a few minutes and then accompanied Haring, who said he felt fully dressed, as he ventured into Times Square at night, still painted. Images from the shoot and the Times Square excursion are featured in the display.

On Tuesday, August 20 at 7 pm, the New-York Historical Society will host a free screening of the documentary The Universe of Keith Haring. The film offers a deeply personal glimpse into Haring’s life, from his early years growing up in a small Pennsylvania town to his heyday as a world-renowned artist, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Madonna, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yoko Ono and Andy Warhol, to his AIDS-related death at age 31. To RSVP for the screening, please e-mail koconnor@nyhistory.org.

All objects on view in the rotating display are on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation Archive. The Keith Haring Foundation donated the ceiling of the original Pop Shop to the New-York Historical Society, where the work, with its bold and lively design, now hovers above the admissions area.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as WWII & NYC; Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; Nueva York (1613-1945); and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

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Monday, July 29, 2013
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