Alexander F. Milliken Gallery

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Installation view, David Wojnarowicz, Alexander F. Milliken Gallery, December 1982

Alexander Milliken established the Milliken Gallery. In 1982, Ed Baynard was curating a group show for the gallery. He wanted figurative and expressionistic painters. He had wondered who had done the stencil of the burning house that was seen in SoHo and the East Village. Seeing his long time friend, Peter Hujar, he told him about the upcoming show and the stencil. Naturally Hujar knew Wojnarowicz was the one who created the piece. Baynard called Wojnarowicz and asked him to participate in the show. He said yes and created a diptych of Hujar on masonite board--his first "bonafide painting," according to Wojrnaowicz. This group show, Fast, led to Milliken offering David his first solo show. After that show, Milliken invited Wojnarowicz to co-curate an exhibition with Richard Hambleton, Three-Part Variety. Wojnarowicz and Hambleton invited Kiki Smith, Chuck Nanney, Jean Foos, Dirk Rowntree, Tseng Kwong Chi, and Nicolas Moufarrege, among others. After this group show, Millken decided to take the gallery in another direction and he and Wojnarowicz parted by mutual agreement.

Solo Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz

Group Exhibitions

3 Part Variety, co-curated with Richard Hambleton



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Cynthia Carr, Fire in the Belly, 2012