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David Kiehl & David Breslin (Whitney Museum) on David Wojnarowicz


Within the framework of the exhibition

David Wojnarowicz. History Keeps Me Awake at Night.

Talk with David Kiehl and David Breslin on David Wojnarowicz’ exhibition History Keeps Me Awake at Night.

David Kiehl became curator of prints at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993. Previously, he was associate curator of prints and illustrated books at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he worked from 1974–92, and a consultant curator for prints, drawings, and posters at the Wolfsonian Foundation in Miami Beach (1993–94). Among the many Whitney exhibitions Kiehl has organized are: In a Classical Vein: Works from the Permanent Collection (1993–94), Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Patron of Printmakers(1994–95), Edward Hopper: Printmaker (2000), Charles Burchfield: Works on Paper (2001), Memorials of War (2004), Political Nature (2004–05), Ellen Gallagher: DeLuxe (2005), Two Years (2007–08), and Christian Marclay: FESTIVAL (2010). He was responsible for the installations of the following shows at the Whitney Museum: The Art of Richard Tuttle (2005–06), Kiki Smith: A Gathering (2006–07), and Jenny Holzer: Protect Protect (2009).

David Breslin is the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Prior to joining the Whitney, Breslin was the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator at the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas. Previously, he was associate director, Research and Academic Program, and associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark Art Institute. At the Whitney, Breslin has curated or co- curated Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900-1960; An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017; and David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night. He also has organized exhibitions including El Anatsui and Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith at the Clark and The Precarious and The Condition of Being Here: The Drawings of Jasper Johns at the Menil Collection. He has written essays on the work of, among others, Felix Gonzalez- Torres, Valentin Carron, Jenny Holzer, Cady Noland, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Thek.

In English.

David Wojnarowicz, "Rimbaud mask", c. 1978. Courtesy the Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University
© The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York