The iconic pop art and graffiti-like work of artist Keith Haring will be displayed in the Arlington Museum of Art for its newest exhibit, “Keith Haring: Against All Odds,” beginning this Friday.
Opened in 1986, the Arlington Museum of Art hosts a variety of exhibitions as well as lectures, children’s classes, adult workshops and film screenings to engage the community in creative endeavors. Keith Haring will be the latest of noteworthy artists to be featured among other big names such as Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.
The exhibition will feature over 50 original pieces brought to the museum by the Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, a privately owned collection of contemporary art exhibits in Miami.
The work of Keith Haring tackled themes such as LGBTQ+ rights and HIV awareness. 2019 marks the 50th year of the Stonewall Inn riots, a series of confrontations between queer rights activists and police that would kick off the global gay rights movement. The exhibition will serve as a talking point about issues facing the queer community.
The cartoon-like style Haring used gained popularity in the 1970s-1980s and connected New York City youth to activism.
The Haring exhibition will include a private opening reception on Thursday, June 20th, 2019 for members of the Arlington Museum of Art.
Located at 201 West Main Street, the exhibition is set to run from June 21 to September 15. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.