The UBC Contemporary Players will be performing once again at the Belkin in response to the exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Photography and Film 1978-1992. Join us in welcoming back this graduate and undergraduate ensemble from the UBC School of Music, led by director and faculty Paolo Bertolussi. They will animate the Gallery for an afternoon program celebrating themes from the exhibition, which concentrates on Wojnarowicz’s photographic and filmic works.
David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) came to prominence in the East Village art world of 1980s New York, actively embracing all types of media and forging an expansive range of work. This was as conceptually rigorous as it was stylistically diverse, resolutely and fervently political at a time when the AIDS epidemic was cutting down a generation of artists due in large part to government inaction. We are excited to hear how the UBC Contemporary Players will engage with such dynamic work characterized by a sense of urgency, heightened tempo, symbolical cacophony and sensory manifestations.
All welcome. Admission is free.
The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present David Wojnarowicz: Photography & Film 1978–1992, the first exhibition to solely concentrate on the artist’s photographic and filmic work. The exhibition presents over 100 works including photographs, test prints, silkscreens, 16 mm and Super 8 film and collaborative video works. David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) came into prominence in the New York art world of the 1980s, actively embracing all media and forging an expansive range of work both fiercely political and highly personal. Although largely self-taught, he worked as an artist and writer to merge a sophisticated combination of found and discarded material with a deep understanding of literary influences. First displayed in storefront galleries in the East Village, his work had already gained national prominence by the time he was diagnosed with HIV in 1988. From the late 1970s until his death in 1992, Wojnarowicz produced a body of work that was as conceptually rigorous as it was stylistically diverse, resolutely and fervently political at a time when the AIDS epidemic was cutting down a generation of artists due in large part to government inaction in the United States. David Wojnarowicz: Photography & Film 1978–1992 reflects on Wojnarowicz as a source for both art-making and activism at a time of political and personal uncertainty. The exhibition sheds light on a practice that has been exemplary and inspirational, not only for his contemporaries but also for current generations.
As part of the exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Photography & Film 1978-1992, Listening Party brings the artist's tape journals into the space of his photographic and filmic work. Amongst Wojnarowicz's archival papers, which are held at Fales Library and Special Collection at New York University's Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, is a vast collection of audio journals on cassette tapes that he began in the early 1980s. The tapes document Wojnarowicz recalling long and complicated dreams, reflecting on love affairs, the New York art scene and, in later tapes, processing the death from AIDS of his best friend and mentor Peter Hujar in 1987, as well as of his own experience living with AIDS. Three tapes from this collection, marked with yellow masking tape and labelled CROSS COUNTRY / Great Dreams document the two westward trips Wojnarowicz took in 1989.[more]
Reading Otherwise is an emerging community program that aims for queer-themed discussion and interaction with interdisciplinary forms of arts and culture. The group has read texts from emerging LGBTQ2SI+ writers as well as academic publications, organized craft workshops, and recently have turned to exhibition responses, beginning with this collaboration with the Belkin. The group is organized and facilitated by UBC's Dr. Erin Silver, Assistant Professor in Art History, and Maxim Greer, UBC MA Candidate in Art History.[more]