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2-12-2012

Keith Haring's "Pop Shop" Love Rotation On Display at the New-York Historical Society Through September 15, 2012

New York, NY–In honor of the installation of the ceiling from Keith Haring’s famous Pop Shop above the new admissions area in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, the New-York Historical Society, in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, has created a rotating display devoted to the Pop Shop in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. The ceiling is a gift from the Haring Foundation, and all items in the Luce Center display are on loan from Foundation.

In 1986, with the encouragement of his friend and mentor Andy Warhol (1928 –1987), internationally known New York artist Keith Haring (1958 –1990) caused controversy by opening the Pop Shop in downtown Manhattan. Haring saw the Pop Shop as an extension of his work, a type of public performance that expanded upon his philosophy that art should be accessible to everyone. For nearly twenty years, the shop at 292 Lafayette Street was a downtown attraction, decorated with floor-to-ceiling murals, selling affordable clothing and other items featuring Haring’s unique icons. The latest Pop Shop installation featues Haring’s love-themed work with a display of heart images ranging from the artist at work on his infamous subway drawings; to a rejected “Love” US Postal Stamp design; to a tongue-in-cheek collaboration between Haring, Richard Avedon and Brooke Shields.

About the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; and the 2009 exhibition Lincoln and New York. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs are one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

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