David Wojnarowicz

Engaging in The Arts / Event #1 Butler NYC

David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983–84. Acrylic and collaged paper on gelatin silver print, 60 × 40 in. (152.4 × 101.6 cm). Collection of Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich, Photograph by Ron Amstutz

Encountering David Wojnarowicz at The Whitney.


In Collaboration.
Are you looking at a work, or into a work? Our semester kicks off with a multi-media retrospective – David Wojnarowicz: “History Keeps Me Awake at Night” at the Whitney Museum.

Before the team heads off into the field I conduct an hour lecture or “Pre-game” orientation on the his life and work as well as cultural and historical contexts. Instructions are also given to frame how students encounter and interact with the work.

Above, the students are given prompts to gather observations for their first investigative comparative research project.

We’ll meet for a “Post-game” session to present research and to process our experiences. We will discuss medium, format, materials and the expression of elements within the work – this particular world’s grammar, images, and symbols — representations of multiplicity, co-existing worlds, complexity, portraits of time and the restorative force of nature.

PS/ Go Team!


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