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Member Tour, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life

Wednesday, January 31

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm



Aperture Members at the Friend ($250) level and above are invited to The Morgan Library & Museum for a private tour of the current exhibition, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life. The Morgan’s Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Joel Smith, will introduce the exhibition and work by Hujar.

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Peter Hujar: Speed of Life—on view at the Morgan through May 20—presents 140 photographs by this enormously important and influential artist. Drawn from the extensive holdings of his work at the Morgan and from nine other collections, the show and its catalogue follow Peter Hujar (1934–1987) from his artistic beginnings in the mid-1950s to his central role in the East Village art scene three decades later.

Hujar inhabited a world of avant-garde dance, music, art, and drag performance. His mature career paralleled the public unfolding of gay life between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Published alongside this major touring exhibition, Aperture’s Peter Hujar: Speed of Life presents Hujar’s famous portraiture as well as his lesser-known projects and includes texts by Joel Smith, Philip Gefter, Steve Turtell, and Martha Scott Burton.

Photo Credit: Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz Reclining (2), 1981; from Peter Hujar: Speed of Life (Aperture, 2017) © The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Member Tour, Peter Hujar: Speed of Life