arcadia university art gallery

Keith Haring: Subway Drawings

March 31 - April 27, 2011

Lecture: Notes From the Underground
Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Stitler Auditorium, Murphy Hall

KERMIT OSWALD, childhood friend of Haring and President of the Keith Haring Foundation from 1991-2009

CARLO McCORMICK, writer, independent curator, and senior editor of Paper magazine

Between 1980 and 1985, Keith Haring (1958-1990) produced thousands of chalk drawings on the black sheets of paper pasted over un-rented advertising panels in the New York City Subway. Executed in public at a rate of sometimes several dozen a day, these spontaneous images represented an energetic synthesis of performative process, universal iconography, and democratic display that was as unprecedented as it proved to be influential. This event features commentary by two individuals who witnessed this continuous succession of images first hand. Following their brief illustrated presentations, Oswald and McCormick will discuss the subway drawings in relation to the evolution of Haring's practice and its legacy.

Public reception to follow the lecture in the Art Gallery, 7:30 p.m.