Posted by: groundsforsculpture | August 25, 2010

Keith Haring Gallery Talk with Julia Gruen

By Cassandra Demski, Curator of Education

In conjunction with the Keith Haring exhibition currently on view in the Museum Building, Grounds For Sculpture hosted a gallery talk by Julia Gruen, the Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation. Despite the gray skies and humid conditions on an August Thursday, approximately twenty visitors attended the event.

Participants at the talk learned intriguing details about Keith Haring’s artwork and career. As an emerging artist, Haring was represented by a New York City gallery, which hired Julia Gruen as an assistant to handle Haring’s business arrangements. It must have been fate!

Gruen worked closely with Haring for several years before he was diagnosed with AIDS. Before he passed away, Haring established the eponymous foundation to promote his artistic legacy and support charities dedicated to AIDS and children. He personally asked Gruen to be the Executive Director of this organization, a request that Gruen could not turn down.

Gruen has been at the Foundation ever since. When asked if she ever becomes tired of dealing with only a single artist’s work, Gruen responded that she remembers the friendship she shared with Haring and the responsibility he gave to her with this position. She could never imagine leaving the Foundation, since she believes her personal knowledge of Keith Haring’s artwork and life could not be replaced.

Everyone in attendance appreciated the opportunity to learn from and ask questions of someone so deeply connected to Keith Haring.

Be sure to visit Grounds For Sculpture for another exciting presentation! The Artist Lecture Series 2010 continues with the following talks:

Friday, August 27, 2010
Process Lecture: Clay Monoprints with Mitch Lyons

Saturday, August 28, 2010
Contemporary Sculpture “From the Beginning”
with JoAnn Pelliccio-Lindgren

Friday, October 8, 2010
Artist Lecture: Deborah Butterfield

Sunday, October 10, 2010
Founder’s Lecture: J. Seward Johnson

Saturday, October 23, 2010
Process Lecture: Found Object Sculpture
with Artist-in-Residence Eric Schultz

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