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"The exhibition On the Fence: Keith Haring’s Mural for the Haggerty, 1983 celebrates Keith Haring’s visit to Marquette University in April, 1983. The artist was invited to paint a mural on the construction fence built in anticipation of the ground breaking event for the new Haggerty Museum of Art. The exhibition On the Fence is part of the Museum’s Twentieth-anniversary activities. The aim of the exhibition is to share the genius of Keith Haring who was an exceptional artist and communicator. The current exhibition is the first time that the entire mural will be on display since its creation in 1983. From the exhibition, it is clear that the mural represents a significant early work in the artist’s career and an important moment in the history of the Haggerty Museum. It represents a significant project for the artist and a fine representation of his evolving iconography."


Published version. Haggerty Museum gallery guide entitled: On the Fence: Keith Haring's Mural for the Haggerty, 1983 (2005). ©2005 Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University. Used with permission.