Watch Now: Keith Haring: Street Art 3/24/2021 @ NOON

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What does it mean when an artist creates art to give away for free to the public? Keith Haring was part of a generation of artists who, inspired by the explosion of graffiti masterpieces on the subways, began to take their studio practices directly to the streets and gave birth to the contemporary street art movement. From his subway drawings to numerous murals and projects such as Grace House, Haring understood the transformative power of art as an act of profound generosity. 

Following in this radical tradition, Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, launched the Heliotrope Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to art-making that can effect positive change in situations where it is most needed. With Heliotrope, Swoon has set forth a path for creativity’s role in helping to heal and rebuild communities suffering from natural disasters and economic devastation. In this intimate presentation and conversation, Swoon will discuss projects such as Braddock Tiles, which transformed an abandoned church into a community art center in Braddock, Pennsylvania, one of many cities in the American Rust Belt suffering economic and social blight with the collapse of their local industry, and The Music Box, a playable music village and experimental playground she created in New Orleans following the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and Konbit Shelter where she helped build low-cost sustainable homes and community centers in Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake there. 

Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon, is a Brooklyn-based artist. She first gained international recognition as a street artist (her portraits adorn buildings around the globe), and today creates fantastical, large-scale installations for institutions and public spaces, and leads community-based social justice projects. Most recently, she is exploring visual storytelling through animation. 

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