Wojnarowicz worked on many site-specific paintings, often in collaboration with other artists. Some of these were illegal, un-commissioned pieces (like those at the Ward Line Pier on the Hudson River), while others were formally commissioned by galleries. These installations evolved organically, with each artist laying down their own imagery or adding to each other’s without a coordinated plan. Beginning with The Nuclear Family installation in 1985 (organized by Carlo McCormick), Wojnarowicz worked on a series of site-specific paintings with a group of artists who dubbed themselves "The Wrecking Crew." The Wrecking Crew consisted of Keiko Bonk, Luis Frangella, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Christof Kohlhofer, Marilyn Minter, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook, and David West.
Conservation and display
These site-specific painting installations were meant to be temporary. The paintings at the piers were demolished within the year, and the gallery exhibitions were up for weeks before being painted over. They have not been recreated.
Bonk is a fashion designer, artist, musician, and politician who resides in Hawaii.
Frangella (1944-1990) was an Argentinian painter and sculptor, and good friend of Wojnarowicz.
Kolhofer is a German painter, photographer and filmmaker.
McCormick is a cultural critic and curator, and friend of Wojnarowicz.
Minter is a painter, photography, and filmmaker.