As part of Miami Art Week, Brightline, in partnership with Miami’s Rubell Museum, has debuted a special Keith Haring wrapped train. Connecting West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to Miami, Brightline is steps away from Downtown Miami’s museums and satellite art fairs during Miami Art Week.
Brightline’s train is wrapped with images drawn from Haring’s iconic work in the Museum’s collection, with additional Haring imagery on display in its West Palm Beach station. To celebrate the museum’s opening on Dec. 4, Brightline will offer special Haring-illustrated tickets and free admission to the museum with proof of ridership.
“We are confident that Keith would be so excited to see his work embracing the Brightline train and throughout the station, as well as to see travel back-and-forth from Miami to West Palm Beach and experienced by thousands of people every day,” said Mera Rubell. “Beginning with his subway drawings, Keith was focused on creating art in public spaces, so we’re thrilled to reconnect his work to public transportation, which was his original canvas. Public accessibility is the very reason that we changed our name to the Rubell Museum to signal to the public that we’re open to all, and why we moved to Allapattah.”
The Rubells became close with Haring at the beginning of his career, being immediately drawn to his work because of its accessibility and ability to engage people of all ages. The Rubells welcomed Haring into their family, became advocates of his work, and remained close to him until his passing.
Presenting his work in Brightline trains and stations marks a return to Haring’s artistic origins, as he created thousands of drawings in New York subway stations in the early 1980s. Haring honed his linear, accessible style during this time – working quickly in stations, he created an inventory of images, with recognizable shapes and symbols that lend an immediacy and universality to his work. Presenting his work in public space where it was accessible to all was central to Haring’s practice. The Rubell Museum’s partnership with Brightline will serve to share his work and connect travelers with arts across the Miami Dade-Broward-West Palm Beach megaregion.
Since opening in Wynwood 26 years ago, the Rubells have added many public programs, including a partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which engages thousands of students every year, and collaborations with local universities to offer seminars and critiques. The museum also hosts curatorial training internships and artist residencies with the support of the Knight Foundation. In addition to Mera, Don, and Jason Rubell, the museum leadership includes Juan Roselione-Valadez, who is the director of the museum and has been part of the team for 21 years.
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