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Lecture on East Village photographer Peter Hujar: His Life and Art by Anthony Del Aversano
December 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm
As a part of the Second Annual East Village Arts Festival, Tompkins Square library will have a Lecture on East Village photographer Peter Hujar: His Life and Art.
Anthony Del Aversano, Public Programs Associate and Educator of the Morgan Library and Museum, will tell about Hujar’s effervescent creative spirit and profound influence on the East Village art scene.
The life and art of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) were rooted in downtown New York. Private by nature, combative in manner, well-read, and widely connected, 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.
In his loft studio in the East Village, Hujar focused on those who followed their creative instincts and shunned mainstream success. He made, in his words, “uncomplicated, direct photographs of complicated and difficult subjects,” immortalizing moments, individuals, and subcultures passing at the speed of life.
Peter Hujar’s Gay Lower East Side: Out of the Shadows –The New York Times
Peter Hujar’s Elegy for New York City in the 1980s – Hyperallergic