David Wojnarowicz

Untitled (One Day This Kid...)
1990

Not on view

The subject pictured in this photo-text collage Untitled (One Day, This Kid) is David Wojnarowicz himself as child, his toothy grin and neat hair and dress evoking an all-American school snapshot from the 1950s. Surrounding this image of prepubescent innocence, however, are texts forecasting the artist’s future as a homosexual who is persecuted by his family, church, school, government, and the legal and medical communities. Among other abuses, he will “be faced with electro-shock, drugs, and conditioning therapies” as well as “be subject to loss of home, civil rights, jobs, and all conceivable freedoms”—all because, the text concludes, “he discovers he desires to place his naked body on the naked body of another boy.” With its imperative declarations and use of the future tense, Wojnarowicz’s text demands attention, transforming “this kid” from a specific figure to anyone subject to homophobia. Like many of the artist’s projects, this work insists on a presence and visibility for the gay community of which he was a part, proposing art as not only an instrument of protest but a vehicle for enlightenment.

Artist
David Wojnarowicz

Title
Untitled (One Day This Kid...)

Date
1990

Classification
Prints

Medium
Photostat

Dimensions
Sheet: 29 13/16 × 40 1/8 × 3/16 in. (75.7 × 101.9 × 0.5 cm) Image: 28 1/8 × 37 1/2 in. (71.4 × 95.3 cm)

Edition information
Edition of 10

Accession number
2002.183

Credit line
Purchase, with funds from the Print Committee

Rights and reproductions information
© artist or artist’s estate




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