For outsiders like David Wojnarowicz ― working-class, queer, uneducated and HIV-positive ― good manners and politesse were deadly illusions.
Manhattan's art scene is one that fluctuates and migrates. Watching it over time, it starts to look like a natural process, like herding patterns, or erosion.
One such piece is the Wojnarowicz painting, which was auctioned off circa 1990 at the height of the economic crash. Berman
Vito Russo, the legendary gay and AIDS activist whose achievements have already earned him a biography and several film documentaries, is best known as the author of The Celluloid Closet and as a co-founder of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
For example, some of these words were used to describe the late Robert Mapplethorpe's photography, a kind of image making
I've just finished reading an extraordinary book. It was hard to read the last pages because, as I had a half dozen times already, I was crying. Other people I know have wept repeatedly as they made their way through Cynthia Carr's Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz.
As Carr points out, Wojnarowicz's depictions of East Village art and the developing AIDS crisis darkened as he witnessed
The public discussion on A Fire in My Belly is being held far too late -- more than two months after the exhibit closed -- but I hope it will fuel valuable debate about sponsorship, censorship, and freedom of expression.
If it follows the advice of a committee, Smithsonian museums will be buried under a new layer of procedural requirements for public input whenever a cautious curator flags a proposed exhibition as "sensitive."
A gallery in downtown Los Angeles is planning to show a video by the late artist David Wojnarowicz that is currently at the
A Washington art gallery pledged a round-the-clock protest Thursday against what it calls censorship by the Smithsonian Institution
By Richard Yeakley Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Critics who raised objections to a video at a Smithsonian exhibit
In making the decision to remove a controversial work of art from one of the Smithsonian's museums, Clough has shown that he cannot adequately uphold the mission and the legacy of this American institution.