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The Whitney Museum of American Art announced that it has received a $1 million endowment grant from the Keith Haring Foundation. The grant is reportedly specifically intended to directly support exhibitions in the Museum’s downtown location, which will open in 2015.
Adam D. Weinberg, the Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art made the announcement and said, “This wonderfully generous grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, the first we have received from an artist’s foundation to support exhibitions in our new building, helps to propel us forward as we prepare for our future.”
According to the press release, the Whitney’s history with artist Keith Harring started in 1983 when Haring was presented for the first time in a Whitney Biennial and in The Comic Art Show at the museum’s downtown location.
Julie Gruen, executive director of the Keith Haring Foundation, said, “The Haring Foundation is immensely proud to partner with the Whitney Museum during this important period in the institution’s history. The Whitney has been a longtime believer in Keith’s work and a supporter of his legacy. We are honored to present this grant in support of the exhibition program that the Museum will carry on in its new building downtown.”
Weinberg added, “Keith Haring was an extraordinary artist, exuberant humane, passionate and unflinching in his honesty. The Whitney has been a staunch supporter of Keith’s work for thirty years and this grant is a testament to our enduring relationship with Keith, his work and his legacy.”
The Keith Haring Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit groups that actively contribute to charitable and educational activities. The foundation is primarily concerned with two areas: supporting organizations providing education opportunities to under privileged children and supporting organizations that engage in education, prevention and care with respect to AIDS and HIV infection.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the new Whitney building was designed by architect Renzo Piano and will open in 2015.