Keith Haring: Grace House Mural

Feb 26, 2021 - Aug 22, 2021


Keith Haring: Grace House Mural features, for the first time since it was created, a site-specific painting that Haring executed in 1983/84 for those living at Grace House, a Catholic youth center in Manhattan. Recently excavated from its original site, the mural now exists as a series of 13 panels and additional ephemera including the original plaque, mailbox, and two doors that Haring integrated into his design, which collectively mark the details of its initial installation.

After experimenting with collage and automatic drawing, Keith Haring (b. 1958, Kutztown, PA, d. 1990) developed an immediate, direct, and unmediated approach to artmaking, which Grace House Mural vividly reflects. As with much of Haring's painting, this project makes clear how the strength of his work lies in part in his bold and flexible use of line. A fluid, confident, jubilant application of paint on the wall pulsates with energy and vitality. If anything can be noted about Haring's graphic style, it is that it is expansive, always seeming to extend beyond a frame, to stretch into our space, and to be in conversation and engaged with its viewer.