This exhibition is the first major, monographic presentation of the work of David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) in over a decade.
Wojnarowicz came to prominence in the East Village art world of the 1980s, 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. This presentation will draw upon recently-available scholarly resources and the Whitney’s extensive holdings of Wojnarowicz’s work.
This exhibition is co-curated by David Kiehl, Curator Emeritus, and David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection.
Major Support for David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night is provided by the Ford Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Significant support is provided by Brooke and Daniel Neidich and the Trellis Fund.
Generous support is provided by Susan and John Hess, Nancy and Fred Poses, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and Fern and Lenard Tessler.
Additional support is provided by the Daniel W. Dietrich II Foundation.David Wojnarowicz 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