Civilian Warfare Studio

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On May 1982, Civilian Warfare Studio was founded by Dean Savard and Alan Barrows. The two had previously gone to an art show at Fun where the art was hung on the walls of a small basement. Barrows had found this concept to be “kooky,” but the co-director of the gallery, Bill Stelling, suggested the two do it too. Savard came up with the name Civilian Warfare after he heard a woman yelling crazily about Russians and civilian warfare.[1] The gallery’s first location was in a tiny storefront of a used-to-be ice-cream store.[2] At the beginning, Savard and Barrows had trouble selling anything but as time passed, their reputation grew. Wojnarowicz had wanted the gallery to succeed because he found that the space felt like home. On September 15, 1982, he showed Science Lesson at their third group show titled, Hit and Run Art. The concept of the show was to have one artist per night. On top of Science Lesson, Wojnarowicz also showed stenciled on supermarket posters.[3] On June 4, 1983, he had his first one-man show at the gallery, showing paintings and prints on all types of found materials such as driftwood and supermarket posters.

Solo Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz

David Wojnarowicz

Group Exhibitions

Getting Off

25,000 Sculptors from Across the U.S.A.
Fit to be Tied

3 Person Show

Hit and Run Art


526 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10009


  1. Cynthia Carr, Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz (New York, Bloomsbury, 2012): 214
  3. Sylvere Lotringer and Giancarlo Ambrosino, David Wojnarowicz: A definitive history of five or six years on the lower east side (New York, Semiotext(e), 2006): 11