Keith Haring’s legendary “ONCE UPON A TIME” (1989) bathroom mural was originally commissioned for “The Center Show”, a building-wide celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It was completed months before the artist's death at 31 years of age.
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The NYC LGBT Community Center’s Department of Arts & Culture has partnered with The Vanderbilt Republic to present a Photographic Monument in Camera Obscura — “REMEMBER THIS TIME...” (20 July—22 September 2017)
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.
This installation by GEORGE DEL BARRIO is intended to highlight his masterful artistry, folding the outside world into this 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.
Theatrical obscura performance cycles by SERGIO MAURITZ ANG, JAYSON P. SMITH & MORGAN SULLIVAN with direction by JENN HALTMAN: Saturday 22 July 2017, 12-5p.
Once Upon A Time, © Keith Haring Foundation. Used by permission.