Arlette Hernandez on Alvin Baltrop’s Untitled

Baltrop’s photos preserve long-disappeared spaces where LGBTQ+ communities could enjoy a sense of belonging.
Jun 14, 2021

In the online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of our staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Arlette Hernandez, Volkswagen Fellow for Digital Learning, takes a close look at a pair of untitled photographs from Alvin Baltrop’s series The Piers, which captures ephemeral urban spaces where queer, trans, and Black New Yorkers were able to experience community and liberation.

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