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Peter Hujar. Speed of life

60 min visit

Jeu de Paume Paris
15 Oct → 19 Jan 2020
From Wed to Sun from 11 am to 7 pm. Nocturnal Tue until 9 pm. Closed Mon.

« A black and white dive into the intimate world of this aesthete!  »

Ahead of Paris-Photo, Le Jeu de Paume presents an exhibition on the American photographer Peter Hujar, in collaboration with the Morgan Library & Museum in New York and the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid. The life and images of Peter Hujar (1934-1987) are inseparable from New York City. Independent by nature, willingly combative, cultivated and very well introduced to the artistic world, Hujar evolved within an avant-garde scene made up of dancers, musicians, visual artists and transvestites. His accomplishment as a photographer was contemporary with the evolution and visibility of the gay lifestyle between 1969 - the date of the Stonewall riots - and the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The exhibition presents a selection of approximately 140 photographs of this photographer, from his beginnings in the mid-1950s to the 1980s, when he was one of the major players on the East Village art scene. She thus declines all the different aspects of her photographic practice marked by the same austere beauty: the studio portrait, generally posed, which constitutes the heart of her practice, but also the nude, especially male, and the urban landscape of New York and its surroundings. Resolutely black and white, the ensemble not only describes Peter Hujar's intimate universe but also sketches a portrait of the bohemian and underground New York of those years. It should be noted that the exhibition includes some images that may offend the sensibilities of visitors, especially the youngest ones.


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