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Engage with artists, curators, writers, and scholars through innovative programs that explore the Whitney’s current exhibitions and permanent collection.

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Memories That Smell Like Gasoline: Reading David Wojnarowicz

FRI, Sep 7, 2018
6:30 pm

David writing in his journal in May 1991.

This evening devoted to Wojnarowicz’s written work includes readings and performances by artists who were engaged with Wojnarowicz during in his lifetime, or who have been inspired by his example. Taking its title from his final collection of stories Memories That Smell Like Gasoline (1992), this program highlights the passion and rage of Wojnarowicz’s singular voice.

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ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion)

Sep 14–16, 2018

ITSOFOMO performance poster.

ITSOFOMO (In the Shadow of Forward Motion) is a multimedia performance that David Wojnarowicz made in collaboration with composer and musician Ben Neill in 1989. Integrating music, text, and video in a multi-dimensional format, the work embodies the act of acceleration and its sensory manifestations. It is through this frame that Wojnarowicz addressed the accelerating AIDS crisis and the politics of AIDS in the United States at that moment.

Tickets are required and include Museum admission ($25 adults; $18 students and seniors; free for members). Members: please log in to reserve tickets.

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This program offers advanced graduate students the opportunity to work directly with the Whitney’s collection and audiences within a supportive community of their peers and museum educators.

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