Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present "Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural" through Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.
The exhibition will be in the Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North, as part of the City of Chicago's Year of Creative Youth.
There will be 36 original panels of the monumental mural created in 1989 by Keith Haring, with the assistance of 500 Chicago Public School students in Chicago's Grant Park. Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, the exhibition will also feature a collection of photographs, correspondence, designs, plans, T-shirt drawings and more.
Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children's programs and to expand the audience for Haring's work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images. Nine months after completing the mural in Chicago, Haring died of AIDS-related complications at age 31, on Feb. 16, 1990.
Admission is free; visit ChicagoCulturalCenter.org .