The foundation of the late artist Keith Haring has awarded a $1-million grant to the Whitney Museum of American Art to help fund exhibitions at the museum's planned space in downtown New York.
The new building, designed by architect Renzo Piano in New York's fashionable meatpacking district, is scheduled to open in 2015. It will feature space for temporary exhibitions and gallery area for the museum's permanent collection. The building will also feature a retail shop, restaurant and cafe.
Haring had a fruitful association with the Whitney. The young pop/street artist had his work shown at the Whitney Biennial in 1983. A major retrospective of Haring's work was shown in 1997, seven years after the artist died at age 31.
Haring's foundation, which the artist created in 1989, has awarded grants to a number of organizations, including arts organizations, education and AIDS research and patient care.