Opening Sunday, July 22nd, from 5PM - 6:30PM
On view through Saturday, August 4th
David Wojnarowicz is arguably one of the most important artists to emerge from the New York art world of the 1980s. While his career spanned less than twenty years—his life was cut short due to AIDS at the age of 37—from 1979 to 1992 he created a large body of work in collage, paintings, photography, performances, sculpture, writing and video.
This program, hosted by the Block Museum, is held in conjunction with Iceberg Projects exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Flesh of My Flesh (June 23–August 4, 2018). Following the film presentation, exhibition curator Dr. Daniel S. Berger will converse with recently retired director of University Galleries, Barry Blinderman. Their discussion will include Blinderman’s experience of working with David Wojnarowicz during his lifetime and provide an insightful view into how Wojnarowicz’s practice and symbology propelled the artist’s individualized critical response to the conditions in which he found himself. Given current global issues, his work is even more urgent and relevant today.
Barry Blinderman, as director of University Galleries at Illinois State University, organized the artist’s first major museum retrospective, David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame, in 1990. He had the rare experience of working with Wojnarowicz throughout the artist’s visits to Normal, Illinois, from 1989-1990, during which time he created some of his most important late work. Dr. Daniel S. Berger is director of Iceberg Projects, Chicago. He is a leading HIV specialist in the United States and an active patron of the arts. He is co-editor of Militant Eroticism: The Art+Positive Archives and founder and director of Iceberg Projects, an alternative exhibition space in Chicago.
Image: David Wojnarowicz, North/South: The New Legionnaires, 1986, Acrylic and printed collage on masonite, 72 x 48 inches