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.
- Currently Off View
- Contemporary Art
- David Wojnarowicz
- Untitled (Buffalos)
- 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.)
- Purchased with funds provided by Eric and Liz Lefkofsky; Mary and Leigh Block and Wirt D. Walker Trust funds