New York City, NY
United States
1047 Amsterdam Ave., Medical Bay of nave National AIDS Memorial at Cathedral of St. John the Devine since 9 November 1985
Visiting St. John the Divine With a Camera
The National AIDS Memorial in a side chapel dedicated to St. Mark. The book listing the names of all of the AIDS dead begun in the 1980s, and sadly still being written. The St. Columba Chapel, originally dedicated to the city's Irish descendents. The Keith Haring triptych in the St. Columba Chapel; this is one of the very few works of modern art made with the Cathedral in mind. Other modern works look out of place and overwhelmed by their surroundings in the Cathedral. I must admit that I usually like Keith Haring better than his work, though I've always been very fond of this piece, one of 9 editions. It was one of his last works. It's made of cast bronze plated in gold, in this edition, white gold. The subject appears to me to be a very personal interpretation of something like the Christian Apocalypse with Love triumphing over all in the end. Haring's funeral was held in St. John the Divine.
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14 April 2012
Doug Blanchard, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City