Watch Now: Keith Haring: Stairwell to Grace 3/10/2021 @ NOON


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American culture critic Carlo McCormick hosts this four-part program series exploring the life and art of Keith Haring and the evolution of the downtown scene in New York in the 1980s. As an active member of this scene, Keith Haring (1958–1990) became famous for his colorful works of street art and his iconic motifs such as the radiant baby and the barking dog. Much of his work responded to contemporary social and political events, including the AIDS epidemic and drug abuse. As an openly gay artist, Haring also chose to represent the hardships of the LGBTQ community in his work, including gay rights. 

Keith Haring: Stairwell to Grace begins in the stairwell of Grace House and moves through Haring’s art and life. Host Carlo McCormick will share the history of the staircase in art and film, from Marcel Duchamp to Led Zeppelin to Alfred Hitchcock. Gil Vazquez will introduce the life and work of Keith Haring and share the story of the Grace House mural. Grace House was a former convent and one-time home of the Catholic Youth Organization in New York’s Upper West Side. After befriending two members of the Catholic Youth Organization in the early 1980s, Haring created a series of murals along the walls of the stairway of Grace House, featuring some of his most recognizable characters, including a barking dog, a crawling baby, and two conjoined figures with a hole in their shared chest.  

Gil Vazquez is the Director of the Keith Haring Foundation, which was established to preserve and grow the legacy of Keith Haring and his work. Gil was a very close friend and confidante of Haring.


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