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Keith Haring Mural Makes Its First NYC Appearance To Welcome Live Performances
By Mikelle Leow, 17 Oct 2021
Image via Dutch National Archives / Wikimedia Commons (CC 1.0)
Pop artist Keith Haring might be a treasure of New York City, but there’s at least one mural that hasn’t been seen by locals yet. Now, for the first time ever, a 1983 artwork will be on show for city-dwellers at the New York City Center.
That year, fashion designer Elio Fiorucci had freed up 5,000 square feet of wall space at his boutique and flown Haring into Milan to paint the area. Haring and his friend and collaborator Angel Ortiz (LA II) would work on the installation overnight—spending a total of 13 hours, to be exact—while keeping the music of DJ Maurizio Marisco on blast to stay in the zone.
The Fiorucci Walls combined both of Haring and Ortiz’s styles “to create an overall surface of intermingling lines,” Haring described in his journal.
Fiorucci removed the artwork the following year and kept it in storage until 1991. The MACo Museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, now owns the installation, and it has loaned it to the New York City Center as part of the latter’s reopening plans for in-person performances.
The reason for showcasing the Haring work now is notable. With live performances returning after nearly two years, the NYC performing arts hub wishes to welcome visitors back with a true representation of NYC’s art scene. The installation will serve as a centerpiece that guests of the Fall for Dance Festival, running from October 13 through 24, will be able to view during intermissions and after performances.
“As we make this momentous return to in-person performances this season, we are so fortunate to be exhibiting the work of an icon of the New York art scene who also sought to make his art accessible to everyone,” Arlene Shuler, CEO of the New York City Center, told Hyperallergic.
Keeping faithful to Haring’s ethos on art being available for all, the New York City Center will open the Fiorucci Walls to the public from noon to 6 pm on Friday, October 29; Saturday, October 30; Friday, November 5; and Saturday, November 6.
Meanwhile, you can preview the rarely-seen art by swiping left on the post below.
[via Untapped New York and Hyperallergic, cover image via Dutch National Archives / Wikimedia Commons (CC 1.0)]
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