David Wojnarowicz

History Keeps Me Awake at Night

29 May – 30 September, 2019 /
Sabatini Building, Floor 1
David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983–84, Acrylic and collaged paper on gelatin silver print, 148.6 × 99.1 cm. Collection of Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich. Photograph by Ron Amstutz
David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983–84, Acrylic and collaged paper on gelatin silver print, 148.6 × 99.1 cm. Collection of Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

From the late 1970s until his untimely death in 1992 through AIDS-related complications, David Wojnarowicz (New Jersey, USA, 1954 — New York, USA, 1992) produced a body of work that was as conceptually rigorous as it was stylistically diverse. His artistic career fused a broad array of forms, mediums and devices, for instance the use of photography as a narrative tool; collage as a resource for critique and political statements, stressed through the poverty of the medium; painting adopted to explore different allegorical processes; and photomontage and text employed as an approach to the queer and identity politics that also shaped his role as an activist. Coming to prominence in the socially and culturally vibrant East Village scene in New York in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz’s work is also testament to the end of the art collectives forged in the preceding decades and defined by their members’ financial precariousness and their anti-establishment, collaborative and experimental spirit. 

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Curatorship: 
David Breslin and David Kiehl
Exhibition Tour: 

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: 13 Julay – 30 September 2018

Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid: 29 May – 30 September 2019

Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg: 26 October, 2019 – 2 February 2020

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