The Whitney's new exhibition, David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night (opening July 13) is the first major, monographic presentation of the work of David Wojnarowicz in more than a decade.
Join co-curators David Breslin and David Kiehl for a talk about Wojnarowicz's life and work, drawing upon recently-available scholarly resources and the Whitney's extensive holdings.
American painter David Wojnarowicz (1954-1991) came to prominence in the East Village art world of the '80s, actively embracing all media and forging an expansive range of work both fiercely political and highly personal. Although largely self-taught, he worked as an artist and writer to meld a sophisticated combination of found and discarded materials with an uncanny understanding of literary influences. First displayed in raw storefront galleries, his work achieved national prominence at the same moment that the AIDS epidemic was cutting down a generation of artists, himself included.