David Wojnarowicz at ACT UP FDA demonstration Rockville Maryland 1988

David Wojnarowicz at ACT UP FDA demonstration, Rockville, Maryland, October 11, 1988. Photo by Bill Dobbs. NYU Downtown Fales Collection.

In 1988, David tests positive for HIV.

He begins attending ACT UP meetings and demonstrations in New York and Washington with his partner Tom Rauffenbart. They create an ACT UP affinity group “the Candelabras” with Zoe Leonard to plan their own actions at demonstrations.

David creates AIDS Memorial Quilt panels to honor his friends Peter Hujar and Keith Davis for The Names Project’s AIDS quilt displayed in Central Park that June. At the same time he shows his work in 17 shows throughout the United States.

Explore the images below to learn more about David’s life in 1988.