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Untitled (Buffalos)

A work made of gelatin silver print.
Image courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P�P�O�W, New York

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




David Wojnarowicz
American, 1954-1992

About this artwork

Untitled (Buffalos) depicts a diorama from the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., of a traditional Native American hunting method in which plains bison were herded toward cliffs, forcing them to plunge to their death. Interdisciplinary artist David Wojnarowicz selectively framed a portion of the display in black and white as an allegory of the decade as he was dying of AIDS. At once analogy and piercing critique, the image embodies the tragedy of the pandemic and offers an indictment of a nation at odds with itself.


On View, Gallery 293


Contemporary Art


David Wojnarowicz


Untitled (Buffalos)

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Made 1988–1989


Gelatin silver print


Artist's proof 2 of 4, from an edition of 5.


102.9 × 121.9 cm (40 1/2 × 48 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by Eric and Liz Lefkofsky; Mary and Leigh Block and Wirt D. Walker Trust funds

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