Haring at work on his Boys Club Mural (1987) used for Sesame Street.

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.

A Haring mural from the interior of the Milliken Clubhouse was featured in a Sesame Street segment from Season 23 about the word EXIT. (First: Episode 3006)

Keith Haring died in 1990 of an HIV-related infection.

Sesame Street segments

Picture Name Description
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?
(First: 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.
(First: Episode 3045)
5 Dancing Men Five outlines of people dance.
(First: Episode 3050)
Telephone Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
(First: Episode 3058)
40 Pigs Kids count 40 pigs.
(First: Episode 3084)


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