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A Public Thing: Celebrating Keith Haring's ArtCenter Mural and its place in a legacy of art, activism and social change

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

6:30 PM PDT Add to Calendar

Ahmanson Auditorium
ArtCenter College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
United States

Join us for a film screening and panel discussion in partnership with The Broad and Keith Haring Foundation at ArtCenter's Hillside Campus.

In 1989, Keith Haring was invited to paint a mural at ArtCenter’s Hillside Campus in honor of the second annual World AIDS Day (then called AIDS Awareness Day) and as part of the first-ever Day Without Art. Haring agreed (with the stipulation that the mural remain in place until AIDS has been eradicated) and spent two days painting freehand in front of an audience of students awed by Haring’s vision – at once joyful and playfully foreboding – unfolding before their eyes. The untitled work, which has become a literal centerpiece of the College’s Hillside Campus, remains the first and last mural Haring would paint in Los Angeles.

Now, in conjunction with the Broad Museum’s recently launched exhibition, "Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody," ArtCenter President Karen Hofmann is hosting a panel and screening in celebration of the spirit of Haring’s commitment to making art accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

The panel discussion will explore the history and significance of the mural and how it fits into the themes and motifs running through Haring’s body of work. Panelists will include Haring's sister, Historian Kristen Haring; Broad Curator, Sarah Loyer, Keith Haring Foundation's Executive Director, Gil Vazquez; Artist and Associate Chair of ArtCenter’s Illustration department, Aaron Smith; Artist and LA Times Art Director, Patrick Hruby; Muralist and recent ArtCenter Illustration alum Danny Brown; and several participants to be announced.

The screening will debut a five-minute short film pairing animation and archival video with exclusive audio of Haring reflecting on his approach to the mural and the meaning behind his public work. It’s sure to be a riveting piece of historically significant content anyone interested in Keith Haring’s legacy won’t want to miss.

A limited number of seats in the Ahmanson Auditorium will be available to reserve on a first-come-first-serve basis, RSVP required. The event will also be livestreamed to artcenter.edu and various locations on campus including the student dining room.

Following the panel and screening, there will be a reception open to all attendees.

To learn more about the Keith Haring Mural, click here.

Visit Keith Haring’s ArtCenter Mural

Keith Haring’s Mural at ArtCenter, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, is available to view from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. when classes are in session. Guided tours of Keith Haring’s Mural at ArtCenter are available at noon on the fourth Saturday of each month from June to August (6/24, 7/22, 8/26). For more information, contact exhibitions@artcenter.edu.