Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Reflecting on Public Artist and the Center Show Installation 1989

LGBT center and Out At The Center’s host Laverne Cox reflect back on the twentigth anniversay of the with a Art showed called “The Center Show” in the spring of 1989. Curator Rick Barnett approaches (former President of the Center) David Nimmons to set up a public art exhibit for the twentigth anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

With help from Barbara Sahlman – Sculptor, who was The Center show curator.  Here are a few artist that were part of the public art show and can still be seen at the New York City Gay Community Center.

  • – Men’s restroom.
  • Gary Speziale – The Sons Of Dreams, overhanging in the stairwell.
  • Martin Wong – Untitled. Giant penis painted on a brick wall.
  • Leon Golub – Heretic’s Fork
  • Betty Tomkins – Grave Memories
  • Kenny Scharf – Love

This video excerpt is from Out at the Center, a TV show of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City. To see more episodes go to The show is made possible thanks to members of the Center and viewers like you. To find out more, join or donate go to

Center Show 1989, Courtesy of LGBTCenterNYC, Thank you.

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