JONATHAN WEINBERG is a painter, curator, and art historian. His books include Ambition and Love in Modern American Art and Male Desire: the Homoerotic in American Art, and he is currently writing Pier Groups: Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront, 1971-1983.
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Over a decade ago, when I was beginning my research on art along the New York waterfront in the 1970s, I came upon a marvelous quotation by George Segal. Segal is not someone who comes to mind when thinking about such artists as Vito Acconci and David Wojnarowicz who made art on the waterfront.