February 15, 2011

Advance Notice

Panel, film to explore art censorship

Fire in my Belly Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York.
A still from David Wojnarowicz's "Fire In My Belly." Courtesy of The Estate of David Wojnarowicz and P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York.

A special screening of "A Fire in My Belly" by artist David Wojnarowsicz will be Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in White Hall 208. 

The free event will include footage of ACT UP in Atlanta from 1990 and Wojnarowicz's "ITSOFOMO."

A panel discussion on art censorship, public policy and artistic freedom, and the latest chapter in the "culture wars" concerning religion and sexuality will follow.

Wojnarowicz's film was recently removed from the National Portrait Gallery's "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," an exhibit exploring queer identity and representation through portrait. 

Emory is hosting the screening in solidarity with other institutions around the world as an act of courageous inquiry, organizers say.

"I wanted to bring 'A Fire in My Belly' to Emory not only in defiance of censorship and political bullying--as many schools and organizations around the country are doing--but also in the service of a different vision of art for the Emory community," says Jason Francisco of the Visual Arts Department. 

"Art and Censorship: A Screening of David Wojnarowicz's 'A Fire in My Belly' and Panel Discussion" is sponsored by the Emory Visual Scholarship Initiative, Emory Visual Arts Department, Emory Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and the music and arts organization Frequent Small Meals.

For more information, contact Mary Catherine Johnson at 404.712.4397.

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