Two panels reminisce about the New Wave scene that filled the East Village and Lower East Side with astonishing art and music for a brief five years, 1978 to 1983, and brought two extraordinary young artists, Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat, into the limelight.
Keith Haring and the Streets of the Village
In 1978, 19-year-old Keith Haring (d.1990) moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts. Inspired by the ubiquitous graffiti of the time, he displayed his pop art–style drawings in subway stations and exhibited both drawings and video art at the famous little Club 57. Soon his work was being exhibited at the Westbeth Gallery, PS 122, and the Hal Bromm Gallery, and he rocketed to fame. Hal Bromm and Patti Astor, artists and gallery owners who knew Haring, discuss how the Village of the late 1970s influenced this renowned artist and how he influenced the Village. Tricia Laughlin Bloom, who curated the Brooklyn Museum's recent exhibition on Haring, will also present a history of the artist and his time Downtown.
The series continues on Thursday, October 18 with Jean-Michel Basquiat: Graffiti and Glory.
Sponsored by the Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation and The New School for Public Engagement.