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Jeanne van Heeswijk to Meld Art and Activism at Bard by Tracy Zwick

In Current Event, Gifts/Grants, Press on September 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

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Dutch artist and instigator Jeanne van Heeswijk arrives in New York this week to begin her yearlong stint as the inaugural Keith Haring Fellow upstate at Bard College, where she’ll “work with students to address questions about how people can better exercise their rights to their own environments,” she told A.i.A. by phone last week from New Zealand. Funded by a $400,000, five-year grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, New York, the college, in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., will annually appoint a fellow who will teach in both its graduate program in contemporary art curating and criticism and its undergraduate Human Rights Project. The latter was founded in 2003 as the first degree-granting program in the U.S. focused on human rights research and action. Each fellow will also deliver and publish a culminating lecture.

Keith Haring’s ‘Crack is Wack’: NYC’s Most Famous Mural? by Matthew Israel, Director of The Art Genome Project, Artsy

In KHF archives, Pop Culture, Press, Uncategorized on August 21, 2014 at 10:59 am

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Crack is Wack is arguably Keith Haring‘s best-known work. It might also be the most famous mural in New York City. For one, it probably has more daily views than any other mural in NYC, due to its location next to passing cars on the Harlem River Drive (in Manhattan at 128th Street).

How Crack is Wack came to be is not well-known. Nor is the fact that the mural is not the original version.

Benny was one of the major catalysts for Crack is Wack. Benny was Haring’s young, gifted studio assistant in the mid-1980s who became addicted to crack. Haring and the rest of his studio were close with him and they tried everything to help him kick his addiction. This was, according to Haring, an incredibly distressing experience for everyone involved. Benny had no health insurance, so they initially called cocaine hotlines and Benny started to see a counselor, but that didn’t work. Haring’s studio also went to emergency rooms to try to get him into a guided program, but no hospital would take him.

Off the Wall: Keith Haring and the Kids By Analú Maria López

In Childhood, Pop Culture, Press, Public Events, Uncategorized on July 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

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Keith Haring and CPS students working on Untitled, 1989 © Keith Haring Foundation

In 2009, when I was an intern at the MCA, I came across an image of Keith Haring in the museum’s photo archives. It was a low-resolution 35 mm scan of the artist painting an outdoor mural, with the Chicago lakefront visible in the background. Excited by what this could be, I started researching potential collaborations between Haring and the MCA. Amazingly, I was able to locate three rolls of black-and-white negatives of this project, which was a collaboration between Chicago Public Schools and the MCA, in the museum’s archives.

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