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The Un-Private Collection: Bill T. Jones + Brad Gooch on Keith Haring

  • 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm | Thursday June 01, 2023
  • Theatre | Ace Hotel Los Angeles
  • 929 S Broadway

The Broad Presents

The Un-Private Collection: Bill T. Jones + Brad Gooch on Keith Harin

6:30PM Doors | 7:30PM Show

Special Thanks to Leading Partner EAST WEST BANK

Generous support also provided by The Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation.

ASL Interpreters provided by Pro Bono ASL

Presented in conjunction with The Broad’s special exhibition Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody, this iteration of The Un-Private Collection conversation series features legendary dancer/choreographer and Haring collaborator Bill T. Jones with Haring biographer Brad Gooch. The pair will discuss the storied life and iconic work of artist Keith Haring and the energy and spirit of the experiences they all lived in New York City in the 1980s. Jones will share recollections of his personal friendship with Haring and their multiple collaborations, while Gooch will share from his deeply researched knowledge on the artist who rose to stardom at a young age and left a legacy of vibrant artwork and social activism when his life was cut short due to AIDS related complications.

Tickets to this event include one-time access to The Broad’s special exhibition Keith Haring: Art is for Everybody as well as the museum’s third floor galleries where works by collection artists including Haring’s contemporaries Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Andy Warhol are on view, during operating hours through October 8. Simply show your Theatre at Ace Hotel event ticket at the main entrance to the museum. Access to Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) is not included and must be booked separately here.


Bill T. Jones 

Bill T. Jones (Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Choreographer: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company; Artistic Director: New York Live Arts) was the Associate Artist of the 2020 Holland Festival and recipient of the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award; the 2013 National Medal of Arts; the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography of the critically acclaimed FELA!; a 2007 Tony Award, 2007 Obie Award, and 2006 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation CALLAWAY Award for his choreography for Spring Awakening; the 2010 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award; the 2007 USA Eileen Harris Norton Fellowship; the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreography forThe Seven; the 2005 Wexner Prize; the 2005 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement; the 2005 Harlem Renaissance Award; the 2003 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; and the 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award. In 2010, Mr. Jones was recognized as Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and in 2000, The Dance Heritage Coalition named Mr. Jones “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure.”  

Mr. Jones choreographed and performed worldwide with his late partner, Arnie Zane, before forming the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in 1982. He has created more than 140 works for his company. Mr. Jones is the Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, an organization that strives to create a robust framework in support of the nation’s dance and movement-based artists through new approaches to producing, presenting, and educating. 

Mr. Jones and Arnie Zane were introduced to Keith Haring by Bill Katz and by a teacher of Haring’s, James Carroll, in Keith’s hometown of Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Following this introduction, Keith made three sumi drawings for Jones, one of which was used as a poster for Bill’s early work “Social Intercourse: Pilgrims Progress,” which was performed as part of NY’s City Center’s experimental program by what would become known as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dancers and a large group of community artists. A friendship resulted from this interaction, after which Jones collaborated with Haring for the performance “Long Distance,” which was performed three times as part of The Kitchen’s program of duets. In the performance, Haring painted a large frieze-like scroll while Jones performed to the sound of his brushstrokes. In 1983, Haring designed the decor and poster for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company work, “Secret Pasture,” performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Opera House. Around this time, Haring also painted Jones’s body in London resulting in some of the most iconic imagery of the era. 

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Brad Gooch 

Brad Gooch is a poet, novelist, and biographer. His book RADIANT: The Life and Line of Keith Haring will be published by Harper/Harper Collins in March 2024. His most recent books are Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love (Harper, 2017) and Rumi: Unseen Poems (trans. Brad Gooch and Maryam Mortaz, Everyman’s Library, 2019). His previous ten books include: Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & The 70s and the 80s; Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a New York Times bestseller; City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara; as well as Godtalk: Travels in Spiritual America; three novels–Scary Kisses, The Golden Age of Promiscuity, Zombie00; a collection of stories, Jailbait and other Stories, chosen by Donald Barthelme for a Writer’s Choice Award; a collection of poems, The Daily News; and Finding the Boyfriend Within and Dating the Greek Gods. His work has been featured in numerous magazines including The New Republic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, Travel and Leisure, Partisan Review, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Art Forum, Harper’s Bazaar, The Nation, and The Daily Beast. A Guggenheim fellow in Biography, he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and a Furthermore grant in publishing from the J.M. Kaplan Fund. A professor emeritus of English at William Paterson University, he earned his PhD at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

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