Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Hugh Ryan and Matthew Leifheit on the unknown world in David Wojnarowicz's "Magic Box"
Hugh Ryan is the founder of the Pop-up Museum of Queer History, and Matthew Leifheit is a photo editor at VICE magazine and founder of MATTE photography magazine.. They will present their fascinating study on one of our favorite and most significant artists: David Wojnarowicz. After he died, his friends found “Magic Box” under his bed. The “Magic Box” is a collection of unexplained objects, a private world that Mr. Wojnarowicz didn’t share, even with his friends. The box and its contents are currently in the holdings of NYU's Fales Library, but we’ll review them on April 14th.
As part of Rutgers University-Camden's "Telling Untold Histories" unconference, I was invited to present a workshop on the community-engaged, political art-historical practice of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History.
Telling Untold Histories is the first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that will help public historians and historical organizations incorporate these stories into their work. This unconference will explore the hows and whys of engaging subjects that challenge our audiences’ expectations and expand their thinking. By drawing a diverse group of public historians, scholars, students, and interested members of the general public together, this unconference will be an open forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities of doing difficult history, will give participants a chance to network with like-minded practitioners from across the region, and will teach professional skills through workshops. We hope that attendees will leave inspired and full of ideas.
When he died, David Wojnarowicz left behind a box of totemic objects, simply labeled "The Magic Box." What significance did they have for him? What can we learn about his art by viewing his artifacts? Is this a personal symbolic dictionary, an artwork never finished, or a completed work never meant for outside consumption? Join me as I present this fascinating object at Rutgers University - Newark.
Every year, the Swedish Exhibition Agency (Riksutställningar) gathers museum practitioners from around the world for a multi-day conference on exciting new fronts in exhibitions & museology. In 2014, I was invited to present on the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, the questions of mobile programming, and the unique questions that come up in researching LGBTQ histories.
I will be a featured presenter at Intensivdagarna 2014, a museum conference in Visby, Sweden, lecturing on the history of the Pop-Up Museum and leading workshops for museum professionals interested in creating similar programs.
The oped section is often one of the easiest places for new writers to break into a publication, because it relies on personal experience and opinion. Newspapers, websites, and magazines often look for oped pieces from non-staffers that relate to the current events of the day, or evergreen pieces pinned to holidays, changing seasons, yearly events, etc.. In this workshop, we'll talk about what makes a good topic for an oped, how to write one, and how to sell one.
Nearly a decade ago, Hugh Ryan needed to make a career choice between artist or writer. Wisely he chose writing.