Shelley Seccombe, Two Men on a Bridge, Pier 45, 1978
In Gordon Matta- Clark’s words, the piers were a site of “interest, fascination and value.” But with the sexual adventure came risk. Many of the men who played there were soon to succumb to AIDS. The piers have long-since been demolished.
Artists like Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, Peter Hujar and David Wojnarowicz found inspiration in these ruins along the river. The fascinating show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art includes over 70 works of art that capture this brief but significant moment in gay history.
Leonard Fink, Tava Mural Pier 46, 1980, silver gelatin print
Kudos to curators Jonathan Weinberg and Darren Jones for putting this together and we look forward to your upcoming book!
If you're in NYC it is well worth the trip to Soho to check it out.
Exhibition ends Friday July 6th 2012. Visit http://leslielohman.org/ for more info.
Leonard Fink, Pier 48 Interior, 1980, silver gelatin print courtesy of the LGBT Community Center National History Archive