David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night at the Whitney Museum

Beginning in the late 1970s, David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for innovation. Wojnarowicz refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Distrustful of inherited structures—a feeling amplified by the resurgence of conservative politics—he varied his repertoire to better infiltrate the prevailing culture.

Start Date

July 13, 2018

End Date

September 30, 2018

Hours

10:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Address

Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY

Event Type

Public

More Information

whitney.org

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