QUEERFEST: The Universe of Keith Haring - TONIGHT!
21 February 2011
The Universe of Keith Haring
The Box 21 February 6.30pm
£5.00/£4.00 (Members & concs)
(Part of the Queerfest series of films to celebrate LGBT month)
Keith Haring may not be the most immediate figure that comes to mind when his name is uttered, but he’s actually one of the most ubiquitous artists of the twentieth century. In FACT (no pun intended), you probably own a T-shirt with a Haring design or have seen his work on a mug, billboard, or as a piece of graffiti somewhere. Haring was an artist-activist whose work responded to the street culture of the 1980s, where he produced some of the most iconic pieces of street art in history.
Inspired by graffiti art at the age of 19, he set out for New York, where he painted public murals, from locations as far ranging from Australia to France. A popular figure of the MTV generation, Haring, who later contracted HIV, used his own illness in the late ’80s to raise awareness of social, political and health issues.\r\n
To coincide with Queerfest and FACT’s Art School season, we will be screening the documentary film, The Universe of Keith Haring from 2009. This engrossing picture traces Haring’s legacy, where it is resurrected through an ebullient and colourful archival footage, as well as through interviews with friends, fans and collaborators. We see Haring rubbing shoulders with the likes of Madonna, David LaChappelle, Yoko Ono, and Grace Jones, among others.\r\n