The Early Works of Keith Haring: 1978-1982

The Early Works of Keith Haring: 1978-1982

The public has a right to art. Art is for everybody.
-Keith Haring

Keith Haring ranks among the most iconic, influential and popular artists in the world. Opening twenty years after his death, Keith Haring: 1978–1982 is a rare and in-depth look at the prolific early years that established Haring’s language as an artist, his politics and social conscience, and his open homosexuality. The historic exhibition opened on March 16th at the Brooklyn Museum and chronicles the early career of Keith Haring in New York City, through the years when he opened his studio and took his art to the streets.

Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, the exhibition traces the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary. Keith Haring: 1978–1982 includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings and documentary photographs.

The Universe of Keith Haring

Photo-Gallery: The Early Works of Keith Haring: 1978-1982

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The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

A House, A Home is a narrative music video from the debut album of The Alialujah Choir, directed by Daniel Fickle and produced by Mark Smith. The song tells the story of two imagined characters, an adolescent boy and girl, who were in treatment at a psychiatric hospital. They were both going through that intense experience together, but since they were never allowed to be alone with each other, and the boy could never express his feelings for the girl, his feelings for her became larger than life. One day, when the boy saw the girl leaving the office from her therapy session, he assumed that it was a rendezvous of a different kind and took his own life.

Smith wanted to create a narrative for the video to help the boy who had committed suicide reconcile his past. A few years after the boy’s death, the girl also died of natural causes and was buried next to him. It was Fickle’s idea to continue the story underground. By keeping the obvious graveyard imagery out of the story, it helped to create a lighter mood and leave room for playfulness, which was a counterbalance to the somber tone of the song and lyrics.

Daniel Fickle previously directed the incredible music video Denmark for The Portland Cello Project.

The Alialujah Choir: A House, A Home

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