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Keith Haring: The Political Line Educational Resources

Dear Educator:

Thank you for supporting your students’ visit to the exhibition Keith Haring: The Political Line, on view at the de Young through February 16, 2015. This exhibition marks the first major Keith Haring show on the West Coast in nearly two decades. The Political Line features more than 130 works of art including large scale paintings (on tarpaulins and canvases), sculptures, and a number of the artist’s subway drawings, among other works. The critically acclaimed exhibition creates a narrative that explores the artist’s responses to nuclear disarmament, racial inequality, the excesses of capitalism, environmental degradation, and others issues of deep personal concern to the artist.

The curriculum for the Keith Haring exhibition addresses the learning needs of grades 6-8 and 9-12. While these lessons are written to meet the developmental abilities of the intended students, we encourage you to read all the lessons as the information provided in each will deepen your understanding of the artist and his work.

The lessons presented here are authored by SFUSD educators:

  • Heidi Avelina Smith – James Lick Middle School
  • David Booth – Gateway High School

Additional resources and object descriptions provided by Yinshi Lerman-Tan, Stanford University.

Download the entire curriculum.

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