Sunday, May 20, 2012

Graphic Content Warning! Keith Haring: 1978-1982

You may not realize it, but this is graphic content!
There was a sign warning us that parents should preview the exhibit if they had any concerns about the graphic nature of Keith Haring's work.  Since Greyson wasn't even 10 months old when we went to the exhibit on April 21, I wasn't concerned.

Although, I wonder if I'd ever be worried enough where I felt the need to preview an exhibit before Greyson could see a major art exhibit.  Rob and I hope to expose Greyson to a lot of great art, which does sometimes include nudity and adult subjects.  I imagine we'll approach any sensitive subjects seen in art as they come up.  I'm sure we'll have some many awkward conversations where we comically stumble through explanations.

When I saw this piece, I thought, a heart--how sweet!  Not until we got home did I see the two erections looking as if they are about to impale my husband and child.  I guess that's what they meant about adult content.

Click to read more about what you can expect if you take your baby to see Keith Haring:  1978-1982 at the Brooklyn Museum.

Surprise penis images and all, we enjoyed the exhibit!  Greyson was into the high contrast graphics.  Seeing Keith Haring's work with a baby definitely makes you appreciate the artist's child-like sensibility.

You know, there was a time, maybe 10 years ago, when Keith Haring stuff seemed to be everywhere.  If you hadn't known who he was, you might have thought he designed prints for umbrellas and wall calendars.  This exhibit, however, reminded me of the artist's roots on the streets and it put his work into the context of late 70's-early 80's New York.  The show also displayed Haring's interest in various mediums, including video and photography. 

One of the things I loved about the exhibit was that there were tablets made available so that everyone could create their own Keith Haring line drawings.  I love when exhibits encourage you to play like that.  Play is so underrated, right!

 I'd recommend checking out the exhibit before it peaces out on July 8.  And if you're interested in learning more about the kid-friendly aspects of the exhibit, check out this item!

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