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Four events explore life and legacy of artist Keith Haring

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The events are presented in connection with the exhibition “Keith Haring: Subway Drawings,” on view at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) through April 16.

Subway as Studio

To begin, on Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m., art historian Amy Raffel, author of “Art and Merchandise in Keith Haring’s Pop Shop,” gives an online talk titled “Subway as Studio” that charts Haring’s artistic development amidst the early 80s downtown New York art scene and the social and political climate of the day. Admission to the talk is free. Registration is optional.

A Brief History of the Poster

On Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m., Angelina Lippert, chief curator of Poster House in New York City and author of “The Art Deco Poster,” gives an in-person talk titled “A Brief History of the Poster” at Next Stage Arts (15 Kimball Hill, Putney, Vermont). The talk will cover the birth of posters in the mid-1800s, major stylistic movements, and important moments in printing history. Admission to the talk is free. Registration is optional. Walk-ins are welcome.

Keith Haring: Subway Drawings

On Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m., BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, who curated “Keith Haring: Subway Drawings,” leads an in-person tour of the exhibition. In addition to discussing the subway drawings themselves, Lichtenfeld will shed light on how a group of the drawings came to be exhibited in Brattleboro this spring. The tour will not be live-streamed, but a recording will be made available afterward. Admission to this event is free. Registration is optional. Walk-ins are welcome.

Radiant Baby Dance Party

Finally, on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m., BMAC’s Keith Haring exhibition closes out with a Radiant Baby Dance Party, sponsored by Vermont Hempicurean, Vermont Bud Barn, and Vermont Grow Barn. DJ Matt Krefting will serve up 80s dance hits, and Whetstone Beer Co. will provide a cash bar. Creative 80s attire is encouraged. Tickets are $25 ($20 for BMAC members) in advance at and $30 at the door.

“We’re excited to offer this range of opportunities for people to learn more about one of the most admired artists of the past half-century,” said Lichtenfeld. “And we know Keith would have loved the dance party.”

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents rotating exhibits of contemporary art, complemented by lectures, artist talks, film screenings, and other public programs. BMAC is open Wednesday–Sunday, 10–4. Admission is free. Located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142, the museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit

BMAC is partly supported by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, and Whetstone Beer Co.


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