Now working at New York University, Glenn Wharton is responsible for the comprehensive David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base. Joan Jonas is next.
A dozen protesters gathered at the Whitney Museum of Art to condemn the institution’s lack of modern context about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in relation to Wojnarowicz’s artwork.
Wojnarowicz embraced an activist’s approach to life and art by producing hundreds of artworks in a span of a decade, before succumbing to his own AIDS-related illness in 1992.
VOICE = SURVIVAL contains some wrong turns and dead ends, but these impediments are few and do not detract from the sublime experience of listening to activists speaks their truth.
A multimedia exhibit at Museum of the City of New York looks back at the domesticity of the AIDS crisis.
It makes sense, at this most critical moment, to take a serious look at the art of the 1980s, its political fury and layered poetics, as an anchor in the storm.
As it happens, there are currently two exhibitions in New York that offer glimpses into the bonding of artistic communities in defiance of the encroaching darkness, first in rage and then in compassion.
It may seem unusual to uphold a book of penis drawings as a significant art-historical moment, but Manhattan Penis Drawings for Ken Hicks creates an unignorable link between Haring’s early work and his homosexuality.
1pm: The press preview for Frieze New York 2016 on Randall’s Island begins! Or so they say. I am power walking out the door of my office in Williamsburg.
The week I visited Julie Ault’s new show, afterlife, at Galerie Buchholz, I also gave a talk at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) on poetry and the archive.
Opening in the shadow of the Paris attacks, the exhibition Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner represents — as Adam Weinberg, the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, said in his remarks at the press preview — “a celebration of what matters in life.”
The inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum is not perfect, but it is pretty damn good.