New York-based photographer Peter Hujar (1934–1987) is best known for his downtown nightscapes, erotic nudes, portraits of the city’s notable literati, and images of underground gay nightlife. Peter Hujar: Speed of Life will consider the artist’s career, from his apprenticeship in magazine and fashion work in the 1950s and the “radical chic” city of the late 1960s, to the age of AIDS, a disease from which he died in 1987. This exhibition will draw on approximately 150 photographs from across the artist’s career to present his rich, nuanced oeuvre and distinct worldview.
This exhibition is also on view at Fundacion Mapfre, Barcelona (January 1–May 20, 2017), the Morgan Library and Museum, New York (January 26–May 20, 2018), and the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California (July 11–October 7, 2018).
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