Murals started out in the early part of the 20th century, laden with political and social meaning. It was an attempt to bring fine art to the public and in a sense, take art out of the class context and give it a new life. For many, who work in street art and graffiti, and for those who appreciate this form of art, there has been a heated debate over whether graffiti and street art should remain in the streets and beyond the confines of gallery space. Regardless of one stand point or another, there is no doubt that bringing Keith Haring’s mural for the gym of the South of Market Childcare Center (SOMACC) in San Francisco to Deitch Projects in SoHo does give more an opportunity to enjoy and peruse Haring’s artistic legacy in person. This mural was created in 1985 and is one of the 16 public works for hospitals and children’s centers around the world created by Haring. This impressive mural spanning 70 feet is inspired by cartoon characters and animals from Haring’s childhood drawings. The mural was dismantled in Sep 2006 when SOMACC moved to a new location. The exhibition will be running through till Feb. 16, so for those hoping to catch a glimpse they should definitely plan a trip through SoHo to stop by Deitch Projects sometime.
Keith Haring 1985 Mural for SOMACC SF
18 Wooster Street | Map
New York, NY 10013
Exhibition Dates: January 7th (Thursday) – February 16th (Tuesday)