In Current Event, KHF archives, Press, Public Events on January 28, 2014 at 12:52 pm
By Connor Durkin
As the Center begins new construction, the priceless Keith Haring mural must be protected
Rendering of lobby courtesy of RSVP Architecture Studio/N+ Architecture and Design
Across the white walls of the second-floor meeting room, black lines run into each other to create an abstract gay orgy. Men jerk each other, cartoonish sperm swim, and men climb up a penis-dinosaur. The mural, “Once Upon A Time,” is one of Keith Haring’s last, but these cocks are getting covered for their own well-being.
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, commonly known as The Center, is continuing its $9.1 million renovation. Construction includes building a new cafe, updating acoustics and lighting, and giving the building an updated, more comfortable atmosphere for its growing number of patrons from the region and worldwide.
In Current Event, Gifts/Grants, Press on January 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY, January, 2014 – The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College are pleased to announce the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism. Made possible through a five year-grant of $80,000 per year, the Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting Fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College.The Fellowship will bring a distinguished leader in the field to Bard to investigate the role of art as a catalyst for social change, linking the two programs and presenting original research in an annual lecture. The Keith Haring Lecture in Art and Activism will be delivered annually at Bard College and will be published and widely distributed among universities and colleges internationally.“This joint program,” says CCS Bard graduate program director Paul O’Neill, “expands our commitment to investigating the political dimensions of artistic practice and how art can be a productive force for social change.”
In Anniversary, KHF archives, Press on December 13, 2013 at 3:14 pm
LGBT Community Center Releases Book of Photography Featuring Keith Haring’s
“Once Upon a Time” Mural.
New York, New York – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) has released a hardcover book of photographs of its Keith Haring Bathroom featuring the artist’s “Once Upon a Time” mural. The project, conceptualized by commercial photographer Travis Dubreuil, is in response to the room’s temporary closure for protection during The Center’s on-going renovation.
“This mural is one of my favorites of Keith Haring’s, and when I found out that it was going to be off display I wanted to document it so others could enjoy it,” said Dubreuil, a New York-based photographer who volunteered for the project. “I was a gay kid who grew up in the 1980s in a small town. This mural serves as a reminder of a much different time for the LGBT community, and yet it is also empowering today in its hyper-sexual and free spirited nature.”