Leslie Lohman Museum

Hallam

The Piers:
Art and Sex along
the New York Waterfront

Curated by Jonathan Weinberg with Darren Jones

 

Exhibition Dates: April 4 – July 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 4; 6-8pm


Exhibition Brochure

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Tress

Arthur Tress
The Urinal
1979
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 1/50
14 x 11”
Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
L2012.19.3 (19)
Tress
Arthur Tress
Two Men, Two Rooms
1977
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 1/50
14 x 11”
Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
L2012.19.2 (20)

       
Tress

Arthur Tress
The Cigarette
1977
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 1/50
14 x 11”
Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
L2012.19.1 (21)
Hujar
Peter Hujar
Crossed Legs on the Pier
1976
Silver gelatin print
14.5 x 14.5”
The Peter Hujar Archive, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
L2012.10.1 (22)

 

 

 

       
Stellar

Stanley Stellar
Peter Gets His Dick Sucked
1981
Contemporary digital print
42 x 28”
Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum
Gift of the artist
2011.20.1 (23)

Hujar and Stellar Photographs
Stanley Stellar ran into his colleague Peter Hujar during a photo shoot on Pier 46 in 1981. Hujar allowed Stellar to photograph him having sex in the background of a picture of the half-naked porn star J.D. Slater leaning against a doorway alongside a Keith Haring graffiti. In an act of mutual trust and respect, Stellar lent his camera to Hujar and both photographers used it to take portraits of each other. 
       
Stellar

Stanley Stellar
Peter Hujar
1981
Silver gelatin print
9.25 x 6.25”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.16.8 (24)
Hujar
Peter Hujar
Portrait of Stanley Stellar
1981
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 1/1
8 x 10”
Collection of Stanley Stellar
L2012.4.2 (25)

       
Stellar

Stanley Stellar
Cyclops
1978
Vintage C-print
24 x 20”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.16.2 (26)
Stellar
Stanley Stellar
Mike Nomad, West Side Highway
1980
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 1/5
14 x 11”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.16.5 (27)

       

 

 

 

Hallam
Frank Hallam
Filming Pompeii New York
1982/2011
Archival digital print from slide
AP
12.5 x 18.5”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.9.4 (28)

Frank Hallam just happened to be on Pier 46 in 1982 when Ivan Galietti was filming Pompeii New York. He took slides of Galietti in the midst of acting in his own film. At the time Hallam was unaware of Galietti’s project and thought he was documenting the filming of a porn shoot. Indeed, the piers were the site of at least two pornographic films, Arch Brown’s Pier Groups (1979)and Steve Scott’s Non-Stop (1983).
       
Galletti

Ivan Galietti
Risin' to the Love We Need
1982
Contemporary digital print from slide
12 x 18”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.8.1 (29)
Galletti
Ivan Galietti
Pompeian Phallus, Pier 46
1982
Contemporary digital print from slide
18 x 12”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.8.2 (30)

       

 

 

 

       
Hallam

Frank Hallam
Swimmer (Pier 46)
1979/2011
Archival digital print from slide
AP
12.5 x 18.5”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.9.10 (31)
Hallam
Frank Hallam
En Masse Sunners seen from Pier 45
1982/2011
Archival digital print from slide
AP
12.5 x 18.5”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.9.5 (32)

       
Stellar

Stanley Stellar
Jerkoff
1977/2012
Archival digital print
Ed. 1/5
13 x 19”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.16.1 (33)
Stellar
Stanley Stellar
Red, 3
1984/2012
Archival digital print
Ed. 1/3
13 x 19”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.16.9  (34)

       

 

 

 

Fekner

John Fekner & David Wojnarowicz
Toxic Junky
1983/2005
Digital print of collaborative painting
24.5 x 24.5”
Courtesy of the artists/John Fekner Research Archive
L2012.5.3 (35)

This is a one-of-kind digital print of a collaboration between John Fekner and David Wojnarowicz. Fekner remembers:
In the 80s, manifestations of toxicity were rampant not only by the poisoning of the planet by deliberate and careless dumping, but by those who chose a complete disregard for one’s existence with the recreational use of hard drugs. “Toxic Junkie” was spray painted on a well-used drug den on 2nd Street between Avenues B & C …After I did Toxic Junkie, David invited me over to his studio and told me he really loved the mural on 2nd Street and asked if I would be interested in doing a collaborative work. We selected the image of a college preppy/Wall Street worker using his tie to shoot up. I spray painted Toxic Junky (different spelling) on the Masonite panel painting and it was shown at David's one-person show at Hal Bromm. The painting was sold and I have no idea who owns it.
       
Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (hole in the wall)
1978-79/2004
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 2/6 1AP
11 x 14”
Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York
L2012.20.3 (36)

Between 1978-79 David Wojnarowicz made a series of photographs of a man wearing the mask of Arthur Rimbaud, as if the French poet had been resurrected and was now wandering through many of Wojnarowicz’s favorite haunts, including the waterfront. Rimbaud’s radical poetry, written when he was still a teenager, and his brief tumultuous life that included a violent affair with Paul Verlaine, have made him a hero for young artists throughout the twentieth century.  Famously, Rimbaud wrote in a letter “I is someone else,” which perfectly expresses the way Wojnarowicz fashions a kind of self-portrait through the image of another artist.
   
Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Duchamp)
1978-79/2004
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 2/6, 1AP
11 x 14”
Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York
L2012.20.2 (37)
Wojnarowicz
David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (dogfight)
1978-79/2004
Silver gelatin print
Ed. 4/6, 1AP
11 x 14”
Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York
L2012.20.1 (38)

       
Sterzing

Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-1214 David Wojnarowicz
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
10 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.6 (39)
Hujar
Peter Hujar
David Wojnarowicz, Night, Manhattan
1985
Silver gelatin print
14.75 x 14.75”
The Peter Hujar Archive, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
L2012.10.4 (40)

       

 

 

 

Seccombe

Shelley Seccombe
David Inside Pier 51
1978
Contemporary digital C-print
Ed. 2/2
26.5 x 40”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.13.1 (41)
Seccombe
Shelley Seccombe
Two Men on a Bridge, Pier 45
1978
Contemporary archival digital print
Ed. 2/15
12 x 18”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.13.3 (42)

       
Seccombe

Shelley Seccombe
Wall Newspaper - West Street at 11th Street
1975
Digital C-print
Ed. 5/25
11 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.13.4 (43)

In this photograph, Seccombe captures two transsexuals hanging out in front of graffiti on the façade of Pier 52 that reads:
7-5-75. 2:30 pm—Pier attack by Teenagers and Adults responsible for terrorizing people—breaking Pier and probably they set the fire—day time muggers now work in teams inside. Stay out.

This hand-painted news alert may have been written by the same anonymous man who published the mimeographed Warehouse Newsletter,with its similar crime updates, that was distributed in gay bars in the neighborhood. It is a reminder that there were those in the community who were not so sanguine about the pier scene at night because it made gay men so vulnerable to attack.
       

 

 

 

Pier 34
In 1983, a group of artists led by David Wojnarowicz and Mike Bidlo took over Pier 34 at the end of the Canal Street and made it an extension of the East Village scene. Andreas Sterzing’s remarkable photographs of the various projects realized there by artists included those by Louis Frangella, John Fekner, David Finn, and Judy Glantzman. They display a marvelous sense of freedom and community. Richard Goldstein wrote of Pier 34 that a visitor “might imagine himself stumbling upon the museum of a civilization long ago forgotten—or one that had forgotten about art.” In an unintentional replay of the opening of Gordon Matta-Clark’s Day’s End, the artists of Pier 34 staged a reception on the pier in June of 1983 that was shut down by the police. 

       
Sterzing

Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-1213 Rhonda Zwillinger
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
10 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.4 (44)
Sterzing
Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-2012 Judy Glantzman
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
10 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.3 (45)

       
Unknown

Unknown
Pier Figures
1983
Paint on silkscreened paper
60 x 30”
Collection of Stanley Stellar
L2012.4.1 (46)

This unattributed painting was found by the photographer Stanley Steller pinned to a wall inside Pier 34. Although we cannot be certain it is his, the painting is reminiscent of the work of Luis Frangella, who died of AIDS in 1990, and whose enormous heads and nudes were painted all over Pier 34 (Frangella’s pier work can be seen in photographs by Peter Hujar and Andreas Sterzing in this exhibit).  It is intriguing that this large classical figure is painted over three silkscreen prints by the pop artist James Rosenquist. These prints, based on Rosenquist’s iconic F111 painting, seem unfinished and may have been discarded proofs that the unknown pier artist salvaged and reused.
       
Sterzing

Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-1215 Luis Frangella Mural
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
10 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.5 (47)
Sterzing
Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-1211 Mike Bidlo and David Wojnarowicz (Luis Frangella mural in background)
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
12.5 x 18.5”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.2 (48)

       
Hujar

Peter Hujar
Canal Street Piers, Man Painting Figure Studies (Luis Frangella)
1983
Silver gelatin print
8 x 8”
The Peter Hujar Archive, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
L2012.10.5 (49)
Sterzing
Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-1217 Keith Davis
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
10 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.8 (50)

       
Sterzing

Andreas Sterzing
Pier 34-1210 David Finn
1983/2012
Archival pigment print from slide
AP 1/3
10 x 15”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.17.1 (51)
Finn
David Finn
Police Bucolic
1984
Pen on paper (NYPD stationery)
8.5 x 7”
Courtesy of the artist
L2012.7.1 (52)

The sculptor David Finn, whose installation of faceless figures seated on the steps of Pier 34 was photographed by Andreas Sterzing, made this small pen sketch on a sheet of New York City Police stationary he found in one of the abandoned offices on the pier.

   
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