Pier Groups

Weinberg, Jonathan and Sterzing, Andreas (2019) Pier Groups. In: Pier Groups - Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront by Jonathan Weinberg. The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania. ISBN 978-0-271-08217-2

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Abstract / Summary

In 1970s New York City, the abandoned piers of the Hudson River became a site for extraordinary works of art and a popular place for nude sunbathing and anonymous sex. Jonathan Weinberg’s provocative book—part art history, part memoir—weaves 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.
Artists as varied as Vito Acconci, Gordon Matta-Clark, Alvin Baltrop, Shelley Seccombe, and David Wojnarowicz made work in and about the fire-ravaged structures that only twenty years before had been at the center of the world’s busiest shipping port. [...]. While artists collaborated to transform the buildings of Pier 34 into makeshift art studios and exhibition spaces, gay men were converting Pier 46 into what Delmas Howe calls an “arena for sexual theater.”

Featuring one hundred exemplary works from the era and drawing from a rich variety of source material, interviews, and Weinberg’s personal experience, Pier Groups breaks new ground to look at the relationship of avant-garde art to resistant subcultures and radical sexuality.

In Chapter 6: "Something Possible Everywhere" Jonathan Weinberg talks about Andreas Sterzing's work at Pier 34, and illustrates this chapter with numerous of his photographs and portraits of the artists working at the Pier in 1983-84.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-0-271-08217-2
Subjects: Education
History > International
Arts > Fine Art
Arts > Photography
Courses by Department: The Institute of Photography > Photography
Depositing User: Andreas Sterzing
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2019 13:36
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 13:47
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/3317


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