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Peter Hujar: Speed of Life 

When: Through Nov. 18
Price: free with admission
Photographer Peter Hujar was among the first to document New York’s emerging queer community in the post-Stonewall era, and at last, he’s getting his first major retrospective in a museum setting. BAMPFA’s Peter Hujar: Speed of Life — the only West Coast showing of the exhibit — features more than 140 photographs by the prolific artist, starting in the 1950s and lasting until his death from AIDS-related complications in 1987. Many of these images are black-and-white portraits of familiar faces, such as Susan Sontag, Fran Lebowitz, and William Burroughs — Hujar was part of the community of artists, musicians, writers, and activists who occupied New York’s East Village at the time. But he also captured skyscrapers, animals, landscapes, and, toward the end of his life, New York City as it was changing all too rapidly. On Wednesday, July 11, BAMPFA will kick off the exhibit with a curator’s talk by Joel Smith.
— Janelle Bitker

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