Haggerty Museum of Art Presents
On the Fence: Keith Haring's Mural for the Haggerty, 1983
Jan. 20, 2005
Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University will present
On the Fence: Keith Haring's Mural for the Haggerty,
1983. From Jan. 27- March 27, 2005, the exhibition will
consist of major portions of the 100-foot by 8-foot fence
that surrounded the Haggerty Museum of Art during its construction
in 1984, as well as photographs of the fence construction,
a drawing and a book by the artist.
The exhibition opens
Jan. 27 with “Perspectives on Keith Haring,” a lecture by
Elisabeth Sussman, curator at the Whitney Museum of Art, New
York at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow at 7 p.m.
is open to the public, and is sponsored by the Mary Martha
Doerr Endowment Fund and the Wisconsin Arts Board.
In April 1983, Keith
Haring's ascent to prominence in the international arts community
was just beginning. The week he arrived in Milwaukee
he was featured in Newsweek and a number of other
national and international publications. Haring spent five
days working on the wall, drawing all of the outlines of the
figures and painting a great majority of them. The Students
for the Fine Arts Club at Marquette helped paint some of the
figures that Haring outlined in his signature style.
As soon as he began
painting, Haring started to attract a crowd. Several
hundred visitors a day gathered to watch the artist at work.
Students from Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
artists and community visitors curious about the project created
a continuous stream of onlookers at the site. Television,
radio and newspaper reporters came to report on the event,
and Haring responded by painting a TV monitor with angel wings
into the mural as a local TV cameraman shot the scene.
The piece remained
out of doors at its initial site as part of the museum construction
fence for about three months. To protect it from potential
vandalism, the piece was lit and its location made part of
campus security rounds during the night. Apart from
a tiny mark and exposure to weather, the piece remained in
its pristine state until it was dismantled and placed in the
museum's collection. While a small piece of the fence
is permanently on display just inside the Haggerty, this is
the first time that a significant portion of the fence will
be on display since it was taken down in 1984.
Keith Haring was
born in 1958 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He began to hone his
craft in Pittsburgh, and in 1978 moved to New York City on
a scholarship to the School of Visual Arts.
Before he was accepted
into the New York art galleries, Haring became famous for
his drawings in subway stations and throughout clubs and city
streets. His quick sketches in the subways were chalk
drawings made on the black paper that covered expired advertising.
These illegal drawings in the subway led to numerous arrests,
sometimes by admiring New York police officers who on occasion
sought his autograph.
After mounting exhibitions
in non-gallery spaces, Haring landed his first major New York
gallery exhibition in 1982. The next several years
brought him world-wide recognition. His exhibitions were held
in Rotterdam, Tokyo, Naples, Antwerp, London, Cologne, Milan,
Basel, Munich, Bordeaux, Amsterdam and Paris, as well as numerous
shows in New York and around the world. Despite his
life-long frustration over neglect by the main American museums,
Haring's successes would guarantee him a significant place
among late twentieth-century artists in the international
art world. Today there is scarcely a major museum or
private collection of contemporary art that does not include
works by Haring.
Haring was diagnosed
with AIDS in 1988. Before his death in 1990, he established
the Keith Haring Foundation to continue his charitable support
of children's and AIDS-related organizations.
The Haggerty Museum
provides a variety of educational services, including docent
tours for all ages, teachers' packets and workshops, exhibition
related lectures and forums. Gallery guides are available
for most exhibitions and catalogues are published for major
Museum hours are
Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Thursday,
10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free.
Free parking is available in the Mary B. Finnigan Parking
Lot (enter on 11 th St. south of Wisconsin Ave. through Marquette
Interested media should contact Jennifer
Schwarz in the office of Public Affairs at Marquette University.
Office of Public Affairs Contacts
Senior Media Relations Specialist
Phone: (414) 288-0286