Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater
To mark the publication of Jonathan Weinberg’s provocative new book Pier Groups, the author speaks with artists Andreas Sterzing and Sasha Wortzel, and community organizer Jesse Ehrensaft-Hawley about art, sexuality, and the New York waterfront from the 1970s to the present. In light of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, the conversation explores how the area has changed since the 1970s and highlights the artists’ personal recollections of the piers and New York City over the past fifty years.
Following Stonewall, the Hudson River piers and surrounding Meatpacking District became a site of exploration and experimentation for queer artists. Pier Groups (Penn State Press) weaves together interviews, documentary photographs, literary texts, artworks, and film stills to show how avant-garde practices competed and mingled with queer identities along the Manhattan waterfront. Part memoir, part art history, the book is a document of the artistic and sexual expression that characterized—and ultimately transformed—the neighborhood where the Whitney now stands.
The discussion is followed by a book signing.
Tickets are required and include Museum admission ($10 adults; $8 members, students, seniors, and visitors with a disability). This event will be live streamed on YouTube.
The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.
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