Cruising the Dead River: David Wojnarowicz and New York’s Ruined Waterfront, book launch and discussion

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Cruising the Dead River: David Wojnarowicz and New York’s Ruined Waterfront, book launch and discussion

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London

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Speakers include

  • Fiona Anderson - Newcastle University
  • James Boaden - University of York

Organised by

  • Jo Applin - Centre for American Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • David Peters Corbett - Professor of American Art and Director of the Centre for American Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Open to all, free admission

Advance booking essential

In the 1970s, Manhattan’s west side waterfront was a forgotten zone of abandoned warehouses and piers. Though many saw only blight, the derelict neighbourhood was alive with queer people forging new intimacies through cruising. Alongside the piers’ sexual and social worlds, artists produced work attesting to the radical transformations taking place in New York. Artist and writer David Wojnarowicz was right in the heart of it, documenting his experiences in journal entries, poems, photographs, films, and large-scale, site-specific projects. In Cruising the Dead River, Fiona Anderson draws on Wojnarowicz’s work to explore the key role the abandoned landscape played in this explosion of queer culture. Anderson examines how the riverfront’s ruined buildings assumed a powerful erotic role and gave the area a distinct identity. By telling the story of the piers as gentrification swept New York and before the AIDS crisis, Anderson unearths the buried histories of violence, regeneration, and LGBTQ activism that developed in and around the cruising scene.

This discussion will feature Fiona Anderson in conversation with James Boaden.

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception in the Common Room.

 

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