Remember This Time… ↬ 20 July - 22 September 2017
Wikipedia — Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s by expressing concepts of birth, death, sexuality, and war.
Haring’s work was often heavily political and his imagery has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.
THE NYC LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER’S DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & CULTURE
HAS PARTNERED WITH THE VANDERBILT REPUBLIC TO PRESENT
A PHOTOGRAPHIC MONUMENT IN CAMERA OBSCURA
This site-responsive installation speaks to the experience of innumerable individuals who walk along New York City streets & into this building, seeking solace and community among like-minded people.
Keith Haring was one of those people, and his legacy addresses the crucial necessity of safe spaces for sexual expression and self-identification.
Once Upon A Time was originally commissioned for “The Center Show”, a building-wide celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It was completed months before Haring’s death at 31 years of age.
This installation is intended to highlight his masterful artistry, folding the outside world into this muralized bathroom to create a new sense of movement and depth.
Conjoining key historical moments with every object that bypasses the camera obscura’s field of view on 13th Street, it blends the seam between our cultural legacy and contemporary times.
[ Free and open to the public every day from 20 July-22 September 2017 at The LGBT Community Center;
opening performances in obscura happen Saturday 22 July in continuous cycle from 12-5p ]