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I, You, We

Posted on August 5, 2013 by in Noteworthy

Donald Moffett, b. 1955. He Kills Me, 1987,offset lithography, 23 1/2 by 37 1/2 inches. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of David W. Kiehl in memory of artists and artworkers who died of AIDS. 2012.160. © Donald Moffett, 1987

Donald Moffett, b. 1955. He Kills Me, 1987,offset lithography, 23 1/2 by 37 1/2 inches. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of David W. Kiehl in memory of artists and artworkers who died of AIDS. 2012.160. © Donald Moffett, 1987

You still have a chance to see a stunning, stirring exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Culled from the museum’s permanent collection and organized by Whitney curator David Kiehl, “I, You, We” assembles paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs from the 1980s and early 1990s that put into play artists’ perceptions about themselves, others, and society in an era marked by “greed is good,” gentrification and disenfranchisement, and marginalization and resistance.

Sue Coe, b. 1951. Thomas–Galvaston Hostpital, 1994, Drypoint, Sheet (Irregular): 13 by 9 3/4 inches (33 by 24.8 centimeters). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee 94.74.9. Copyright © 1994  Sue Coe  “My family didn’t want me for Christmas. They gave me paper plates and cups to eat off.” Jan. 1994

Sue Coe, b. 1951. Thomas–Galvaston Hostpital, 1994, Drypoint, Sheet (Irregular): 13 by 9 3/4 inches (33 by 24.8 centimeters). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from the Print Committee 94.74.9. Copyright © 1994 Sue Coe
“My family didn’t want me for Christmas. They gave me paper plates and cups to eat off.” Jan. 1994

The exhibit traces how the works of Jasper Johns, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, and Nan Goldin, among many others, explore the multiple, interconnected meanings and subjectivities that emerge out of these three personal pronouns. One entire gallery is dedicated to AIDS and its turbulent impact on the arts community as well as the country as a whole. Works by General Idea, David Wojnarowicz, Donald Moffett, Martin Wong, and Hugh Steers, among others, are represented.

Date: Until September 1; location: Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, New York.

For more information about the exhibit, log on to www.whitney.org.

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