The piers on the West side of Manhattan are a remnant of the city’s industrial past that have been an important landscape in the cultural life of New York City. From the 1970s to the 2000s, the piers were a gathering spot for marginalized communities, underground culture, artists, and queer life. In 2009, amidst rapid gentrification, EOH photographed the piers with these histories in mind and thinking about the pilings themselves as unmarked memorials to the AIDS crisis and a cultural milieu that once occupied this unregulated waterfront.
The Piers Untitled, 2009–23. Black and white gelatin silver photographic prints with artist frames; 33.5 x 33.5 in. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.