Virginia Hourigan, Anita Vitale, Gracie Mansion, Jean Foos, Judy Glantzman, and Cynthia Carr creating a quilt honoring their good friend David Wojnarowicz
Leading up to the thirtieth anniversary of David Wojnarowicz’s death, seven close friends of Tom and David joined forces to create quilts honoring them.
Quilters include Virginia Hourigan (retired social worker), Anita Vitale (founder of The David Wojnarowicz Foundation), Gracie Mansion (David’s gallerist in the 1980s), artists Jean Foos and Judy Glantzman, and Cynthia Carr (David’s biographer)
David working at home
Together they designed and produced David’s panel to remember him as “Artist, Activist, Friend” while featuring his 1988-89 painting “Something from Sleep IV (Dream)” which suggests his feelings of alienation and impending extinction. Other images include: Judy Glantzman portraits of David and Tom; a Dirk Rowntree photo of David with photographer Peter Hujar; as well as beloved details from several of David’s art works.
Tom Rauffenbart in Mexico
The quilt for Tom Rauffenbart remembers him as “Best Friend Ever” and features David’s 1989 painting “Something from Sleep III (For Tom Rauffenbart)” in which an outline of Tom contains an entire galaxy.
Ms. Vitale explains, David and Tom’s relationship was “immediate, passionate, and intense. Tom had found the love of his life and David found a home in Tom, a respite from the pressures of his growing artistic practice.”
Other imagery includes Judy Glantzman portraits of Tom as well as snapshots of Tom and friends living and loving life.
NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt panel including David Wojnarowicz’s tribute to Peter Hujar
David himself contributed panels to the AIDS Memorial Quilt to honor his friend Keith Davis and, later, his mentor, the photographer Peter Hujar. Both died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1987.
“Everything I made, I made for Peter,” David once said. His panel includes Peter’s favorite image– a bird’s wing also seen in David’s 1987 painting “Wind (for Peter Hujar).”