Aside from visiting the Stikman show on view in the Mural Arts offices, I also stopped by this newly restored Keith Haring mural in South Philadelphia. We The Youth was originally painted in 1987 and was a collaboration between the artist, kids from New York and Philadelphia, CityKids Foundation (New York) and Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia). Mural Arts spearheaded the restoration with the generous support of the Haring Foundation. Scroll down for a great video from Brandywine Workshop with footage of the original mural being painted.
The last five years have seen enormous changes to the face of New York City. It’s been especially noticeable on the once illegal wall on Houston at the Bowery – now home to commissioned public art works by international stars of the graffiti and street art scene (on an increasingly pricey piece of real estate).
Update: The links below offer further insight into the history of this wall.
On the occasion of Os Gemeos painting the wall, Martha Cooper shares photos of past artists at the wall from her archive (including Keith Haring). [12ozProphet]
Jeremiah Moss makes the argument that the Houston mural wall is part of the larger gentrification process of “turning the Bowery into a luxury lifestyle destination”. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]
Brian Rose examines the wall’s humble origins as a handball court. [Journal/Brian Rose]
August 28th marks the fifth anniversary of the closing of Keith Haring’s SoHo Pop Shop, an occasion that would have no doubt passed me by if it weren’t for St. Louis based stencil artist Peat Wollaeger. Strolling up Lafayette Street on a recent afternoon, I noticed two of Peat’s Keith Haring tribute pieces pasted on building – it was only then that it suddenly dawned on me that this was the former location of the Pop Shop.
The physical Pop Shop space, which opened in 1986, was in business for almost 20 years, but now lives on virtually online. I have a very fond recollection of randomly wandering into the Pop Shop as a teenager visiting New York in 1988. Thanks, Peat, for the brief walk down memory lane! Incidentally, this is not Peat’s first tribute to Haring – in 2007 he stenciled a Haring mural as part of Primary Flight at Art Basel in Miami, the video of which you can watch below.
Normally I wouldn’t take to my blog to panhandle for money, but since I can tie this into street art, it is too tempting not to! Shepard Fairey has once again thrown his support behind a worthy cause by raising money and designing shirts for the team that I will be walking for this year in the AIDS Walk New York, the Keith Haring Foundation. For those of you who don’t know much about me or my background, I first moved to NYC to work as a HIV Nutrition Specialist, with my first job being at the Bellevue virology clinic. I have participated in the AIDS Walk New York over the last decade, and I would sincerely appreciate any support that people would be willing and able to give me in my efforts to raise money this year. If you are unable to donate money, consider joining the walk and becoming a fundraiser yourself.
Proceeds from the walk benefit GMHC (where I was once an intern) and other tri-state area AIDS service organizations, many of which have been progressively loosing much needed funding over the years.