3. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Services Center, Greenwich Village

Keith Haring mural

In 1988, curator Rick Barnett organized a site-specific exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Fifty artists decorated the walls, doors, and other surfaces of the LGBT Community Center in Greenwich Village. Haring was given free reign of the second floor men’s restroom and told he could create whatever he wanted. Though Haring rarely titled his work, he called this mural Once Upon a Time, “reflecting back on the pre-AIDS period,” according to Robert Woodworth, Director of Capital Projects at the Center.

The Center is currently undergoing renovations and the mural is closed off and protected. When the work is completed, the space will be used as a conference room and visitors will once again be able to see the mural upon request.