Friday, November 11, 2011

Renovated New York Historical Society Reopens Today with Restored Keith Haring Ceiling

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Installting the Keith Haring ceiling piece Doodle at the New York Historical Society. (New York Historical Society/Glenn Castellano)
  • Installting the Keith Haring ceiling piece "Doodle" at the New York Historical Society. (New York Historical Society/Glenn Castellano)

Today the Upper West Side's New York Historical Society reopens following a three-year, $70 million renovation, with new features including a special gallery and library for children, a roomier Great Hall, an Italian restaurant, and interactive touchscreen computer stations throughout. But the first major addition most visitors will notice is the huge Keith Haring ceiling design that's been installed above the admission desk.

The untitled piece dates from 1986—four years before the street artist's death from AIDS at age 31—and hung in the Soho Pop Shop at 292 Lafayette Street until it closed in the mid-aughts. It's been sitting in storage for the past half-decade, but was just installed in the NY Historical Society lobby this week.

It hangs above the admission desk, where rates for the renovated museum—the city's oldest—are now $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. You can visit the Haring ceiling for free, though.

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