Sunday, February 13, 2011

Jonathan Katz on David Wojnarowicz

Tyler School of Art's Department of Art History presents

Dr. Jonathan Katz
Co- Curator, “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”
& Chair, Visual Studies Doctoral Program, SUNY, Buffalo

“Eleven Seconds out of 113 Years: An(ant)tomy of a Conflict”

In this talk, to be followed by a question-and-answer session, Katz, co-curator of “Hide/Seek” and Queer studies scholar, will address the stakes of our repeated cultural skirmishes over the depiction of same sex desire and why he now understands this latest flare up as an unprecedented, and definitive, victory. Temple University has a particular involvement in this issue: exactly twenty years ago at the height of the “culture wars,” Temple Gallery presented the exhibition: “David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame” and in conjunction, held a symposium “AIDS: Issues in Representation.” Wojnarowicz, who in art and writing boldly addressed issues of same sex desire and the response to the AIDS crisis, was embroiled in several controversies. These include his essay, “Post Cards from America: X-Rays from Hell,” for the exhibition, “Witnesses: Against our Vanishing”; his suit against the misleading use of cropped elements of his art by a conservative group trying to whip up support to de-fund the NEA; and the recent removal of the display of an excerpt from his film, “A Fire in My Belly,” from the National Portrait Gallery “Hide/Seek” show.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
4 pm
Tyler Building, B004 (South Basement)
Temple University
Norris St. , between 12th and 13th Streets

On Feb. 14 and 15, from 10am to 5pm, Temple Gallery will screen, "A Fire in My Belly."

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