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Peter Hujar Jay and Fernando [Two Men in Leather Kissing], ca. 1966 vintage gelatin silver print 11" × 7" (27.9 cm × 17.8 cm), image 14" × 11" (35.6 cm × 27.9 cm), paper© The Peter Hujar Archive

Rarely seen Peter Hujar photographs feature in this online exhibition

Cruising Utopia delves into the photographer’s archives – from his intimate studio portraits to NYC’s incredible queer community in the 70s and 80s

Peter Hujar is one of the most famed American photographers of the last century. Known for his expansive body of work, Hujar immortalised Downtown New York in the 70s and 80s. Both inside and outside of his studio, he created beautiful portraits of the city’s community, on its streets, at the Christopher Street pier, and inside queer clubs and venues.

In a recently launched online exhibition by Pace Gallery titled Cruising Utopia, viewers gain a comprehensive look inside Hujar’s archive with 19 of his most iconic and rarely seen works.

“Peter Hujar defined Downtown for me,” says curator Vince Aletti, in a quote shared within the show. “He understood its rhythms, nuances, pleasures, and pitfalls. He went places I never dared to and hung out with people I’d only read about.”

In 1987, Hujar passed away due to complications from Aids. To commemorate the artist’s legacy, Pace Gallery and the Peter Hujar Archive will be donating 10 per cent of all sales from the show to the NYC Aids Memorial.

Peter Hujar: Cruising Utopia runs until 14 July 2020

Learn more about Peter Hujar here