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On December 11, art critic Cynthia Carr will offer an exclusive presentation to New York audiences about artist and AIDS activist David Wojnarowicz, the subject of her new biography, A Fire in My Belly. Carr will speak as part of the prestigious Second Tuesday Lecture Series at The LGBT Center at 7:00pm.
Carr’s incredibly well reviewed biography traces the untold story of a seminal figure at a pivotal moment in American culture. Suggested admission is $10. Copies of Carr’s book will be available for purchase and signing.
David Wojnarowicz found acclaim in the East Village in the 70’s and 80’s as a major artist who continues to stir emotions and raise hackles. He emerged form a childhood that included orphanages, abusive parents, and a life of hustling on the streets. Wojnarowicz found his subject matter, along with his photographer partner Peter Hujar, in New York’s abandoned buildings, junkies, and burgeoning art scene before dying of AIDS in 1992 at the age of 37.
In 2010, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington made headlines when it responded to protests from the Catholic League by voluntarily censoring an excerpt of David Wojnarowicz’s A Fire in My Belly from its show on American portraiture. Why a work of art could stir such emotions is at the heart of Cynthia Carr’s Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz,” the first biography of a beleaguered art-world figure who became one of the most important voices of his generation.
From 1984 to 2003, Cynthia Carr served as a columnist and art critic for the Village Voice. Carr has also contributed to art and performance columns for LA Weekly, Interview, and ArtForum. She is the author of Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America, On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century and Bodies of Work” with feminist and novelist Kathy Acker.
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