Keith Haring (1958-1990) was a pre-eminent artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s. His work was adapted into a series of seven animated segments for Sesame Street produced by Bill Davis.
Upon moving to New York City in the late-1970s, there he was greatly inspired by the graffiti art, and additionally studied at the School of Visual Arts. Many of his works as a pop artist show homoerotic themes.
The Keith Haring Foundation, established in 1989, continues Keith's legacy of giving to children's organizations.
Keith Haring died in 1990 of an HIV-related infection.
Sesame Street segments
|Exit|| Keith Haring's Boys Club Mural comes to life after some kids EXIT.|
(First: Episode 3006)
|Babies and Dogs|| Babies and doggies pattern: What comes next?|
(EKA: Episode 3039)
|1-10|| Counting to 10.|
(First: Episode 3042)
|Dog TV|| A dog-shaped television switches channels until it reaches a channel of itself.|
(EKA: Episode 3045)
|5 Dancing Men|| Five outlines of people dance.|
(EKA: Episode 3050)
|Telephone|| Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.|
(EKA: Episode 3058)
|40 Pigs|| Kids count 40 pigs.|
(EKA: Episode 3084)
- A Haring-esque mural painted by "K. Worming" is seen in the worm subway in a season 24 episode of Sesame Street.
- A Haring-inspired painting is seen in the Sesame Street special, The Cookie Thief.