David Wojnarowicz scholars and fans rejoice: The artist’s journals–archived at NYU’s Fales Library & Special Collections–have just been digitized! Check out one of the tweeted photos of the many; and the full list of materials is here available to VIEW. We spied this poem, “Poem to Brian Sleeping”: GalleristNY writes that “[The journals] follow Wojnarowicz [...]
The David Wojnarowicz story was always about perseverance. Or no, not perseverance but courage, the courage to stare into the face of the abyss and report back on what he found. In the decade and a half before his death in 1992 at age...Show More Summary
Nice to see David Wojnarowicz (wana-row-vitch) back in the news, making the monkeys dance. It’s no surprise that the usual people want to use their deliberate misunderstanding of his work to rally their frightened base. It’s also no surprise that the Smithsonian once again proves to be cowardly. # Remember its Enola Gay exhibit from [...]
From artist David Wojnarowicz's glasses to advertisements for the Pyramid Club in the zine the East Village Eye, signs from Bronx nonprofit Fashion Moda to flyers advertising performances by punk and No Wave legends Richard Hell, Lydia Lunch and Patti Smith, the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University is no ordinary library. Show More Summary
... and a man, an artist, doth protest—by sewing his mouth shut. This was probably inspired by David Wojnarowicz, but it's perfectly radical all the same. I wish I knew what I could do, personally, to support Pussy Riot, aside from donating money. Show More Summary
Cynthia Carr's book, 'Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz' looks at one young artist's constructive rage. It should be the cultural biography of the year. read more
When I first read David Wojnarowicz?s Close to the Knives in 1992 (or maybe 1993), it was like I had found my rage in print, a sense of maybe a little bit of hope in a world of loss....
Perhaps ignorantly thinking that the culture wars related to David Wojnarowicz were over, I originally intended to reflect on the long-term effects of A Fire In My Belly (1986-7) in HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery from the perspective of one year after the controversy. However a week before the HIDE/SEEK [...]
"The fact is that the artist who made the vile video died of self-inflicted wounds: he died of AIDS. The homosexual, David Wojnarowicz, hated the Catholic Church (had he lived by its teachings, he would not have self-destructed). HeShow More Summary
Last week, the Daily News was all up in arms over the Brooklyn Museum's decision to screen a clip from David Wojnarowicz's avant-garde film "A Fire In My Belly," which includes a 10-second shot of ants crawling over a crucifix. FourShow More Summary
Has it already been nearly a year since the explosion of controversy surrounding the National Portrait Gallery‘s decision to pull artist David Wojnarowicz‘s video piece, “A Fire in My Belly,” from their exhibition “HIDE/SEEK: Difference...Show More Summary
Here we go again. Almost a year after the controversy at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Catholic groups in New York have started to raise alarm over David Wojnarowicz's unfinished film "A Fire In My Belly" (1986-7) that will appear in the Brooklyn version of the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition.
Just in time for National Coming Out Day on Tuesday and the November opening of the controversial Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Brooklyn Museum, Triple Canopy has published a selection of visual artist and writer David Wojnarowicz's journals online. Show More Summary
Elsewhere in museum news, Wayne Clough, who is still the head of the Smithsonian, despite repeated calls for his removal following the National Portrait Gallery/David Wojnarowicz debacle last winter, has released a memo to his staff, asking them to think about retiring early or going the route of a planned buyout. Show More Summary
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has given out one of its annual “Jefferson Muzzle” awards to Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough for his removal of David Wojnarowicz's “A Fire in My Belly” video and censoring of Hide/Seek at the National Portrait Gallery. That's one trophy we assume won't be going on display in his home.
The aftershocks of the controversy surrounding the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery’s decision to drop David Wojnarowicz’s 1987 video “A Fire in My Belly” from their exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture continue to be felt. Show More Summary
“A Fire in My Belly,” the David Wojnarowicz video seen briefly at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, recently reappeared in its natural habitat, hanging beside his uncensored works in the artist’s longtime New York gallery, PPOW.
1) Local pop musicians Little Tybee play the Star Bar's free weekly show. 2) Emory University screens the Smithsonian-censored David Wojnarowicz short film "A Fire in My Belly."3) The Improv Monster troupe skewers CL sex columnist Michael Alvear at Relapse Theatre.4) Harvard-trained Palestinian physician Dr. Show More Summary
The art work at the center of the Smithsonian Institution controversy -- David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire in My Belly" -- is perhaps the most talked about, argued about and blogged about art work of the past year. Not bad for...
Not that any of us should be surprised, but the Smithsonian's Secretary G. Wayne Clough "has enormous support from the regents," says one of the board members who is sticking by Clough's decision to yank David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire In My Belly," a political and not a creative decision. Permalink | Post a comment | Add [...]