The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is pleased to present the opening of the fall season with the second in a two-part program focusing on the artworks and archives of artist David Wojnarowicz.
The Whitney Museum of American Art presents a full-scale retrospective of artist, writer, and activist David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992), one of the most fervent and essential voices of his generation, in "David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night.” Beginning in the late 1970s, Wojnarowicz created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, performance, and activism, producing an expansive body of work that explored American myths, their perpetuation, and their ramifications. Particularly concerned with the status of the outsider, Wojnarowicz came to prominence in the East Village art scene of the 1980s and was a fierce advocate for people with AIDS when the virus began decimating downtown New York. This is the first retrospective of his work since 1999.
The exhibition, which features over a hundred works by the artist, draws upon the scholarly resources of the David Wojnarowicz Papers held at the Fales Library & Special Collections, as well as the Whitney’s extensive holdings of Wojnarowicz’s work.
The Whitney Museum of American Art will host a special viewing of the exhibition "David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night" for ART members. Whitney Archives Manager, Tara Hart, will provide an introduction to the exhibition and attendees will have the opportunity to take in the works on view. The tour will be followed by a happy hour reception at Old Rose in the nearby Jane Hotel.
The Whitney Museum of American Art is an ADA accessible space.
Image: David Wojnarowicz with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983-84. Collection of Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich. Courtesy Whitney Museum