Main page of David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base. Courtesy New York University, Fales Library and Special Collections.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce the opening of the fall season with a talk on the Artist Archives Initiative, the first of a two-part program with New York University’s Fales Library and the Whitney Museum of American Art focusing on the artist David Wojnarowicz.
The Artist Archives Initiative (AAI) was founded at New York University to promote research and disseminate knowledge about the display and care of contemporary art. For its first project, AAI developed The David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base drawing from the artist’s personal papers in the Fales Library Downtown Collection. The Knowledge Base serves as a principal source for the resource, along with other archives, online resources, interviews with people who knew or worked with him, and publications by or about him. Designed with scalability in mind, the David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base includes templates for entries from future researchers who will continue to add content and map connections.
Conservator and Professor Glenn Wharton and Archives Librarian Nicolas Martin will give a talk in the Fales Library and Special Collections on the Artist Archives initiative and discuss the process of developing the David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base using the artist’s papers held in the Fales Library Downtown Collection. The program will be followed by a reception and gallery tour of “The Unflinching Eye: The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz,” an exhibition utilizing archival material to contextualize Wojnarowicz's creative practice, led by Curator Hugh Ryan in the Mamdouha Bobst Gallery.
6:00 - 6:30 Registration, Fales Library and Special Collections6:30 - 7:30 David Wojnarowicz Knowledge Base talk7:30 - 8:30 Reception and curator tour of “The Unflinching Eye: The Symbols of David Wojnarowicz”
The Elmer Holmes Bobst Library and Fales Library and Special Collections are ADA accessible spaces.