Keith Haring + Juilliard Collaboration

During his September 6, 2018 Convocation speech, Juilliard President Damian Woetzel announced the new JuilliART initiative. The initiative “is designed to inspire and to challenge,” Woetzel said. “When art surrounds us, it nourishes our spirit.”

Welcome to JuilliART

JuilliART brings visual perspectives into the common spaces of our community, providing a rotating series of art works designed to inspire and advance the creative spirit at Juilliard. The inaugural exhibit in the June Noble Larkin Lobby features the work of American artist Keith Haring through a display of five lithographs and one steel sculpture.

This exhibit and limited edition merchandise is made possible by the generous support of the Keith Haring Foundation.

Limited edition merchandise available for sale only at The Juilliard Store.

About Keith Haring

Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958, in Reading, Pennsylvania. He developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from popular culture, including Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.

In 1978, Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). In New York, he found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways, and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Haring achieved international recognition and his work was featured in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions. Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to creating pro bono public works that carried social messages and was an activist for many causes including the anti-apartheid movement, Special Olympics, and countless HIV-AIDS organizations. A tireless collaborator, Haring worked with artists across disciplines, from
Bill T. Jones and Madonna to William Burroughs, Jenny Holzer, Molissa Fenley, Yoko Ono, and Andy Warhol.

Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to carry out the philanthropic activities he espoused as well as to further educate the public about his own work and his philosophy of art: “Art Is for Everybody”.

About the Keith Haring Foundation

The mission of the Keith Haring Foundation is to sustain, expand, and protect the legacy of Keith Haring, his art, and his ideals. The Foundation supports not-for-profit organizations that assist children as well as organizations involved in education, research, and care related to AIDS.