David Wojnarowicz Films + Curator Talks

World AIDS Day: David Wojnarowicz Films + Curator Talks

Thursday, Dec 01, 2016
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The Broad
Tickets Free (Included with General Admission Tickets)


“When I was told that I’d contracted the virus, it didn’t take me long to realize that I’d contracted a diseased society as well.” —David Wojnarowicz, Postcards from America, X-Rays From Hell, 1989

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, The Broad is pleased to present a selection of films by David Wojnarowicz as well as curator-led conversations about his paintings in the galleries. David Wojnarowicz is an artist and activist of profound importance who worked in New York City in the 1980s during the years of the AIDS crisis, bravely and unapologetically making artwork about AIDS and homosexuality during a time when both were subjected to deep stigma and discrimination.  Wojnarowicz died in 1992, his life tragically cut short by AIDS.

All of the paintings in the Broad collection by David Wojnarowicz are currently on view at The Broad. In the third-floor galleries are Some Things from Sleep: For Jane and Charley, 1986 and The Newspaper as National Voodoo: A Brief History of the U.S.A., 1986.  The third painting, Late Afternoon in the Forest, 1986 is featured prominently on the first floor in Creature, on view from November 5, 2016 through March 19, 2017. View works by David Wojnarowicz in the Broad collection.

Wojnarowicz’s films will be shown in the Oculus Hall at 12, 2, 4, and 6 p.m. Curator talks on the Wojnarowicz works will take place in the galleries at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. 

Admission to The Broad's World AIDS Day films and curator talks is included with a general admission ticket to visit on Thursday, December 1. Advance ticket reservations for December 1 are fully booked. If you would like to attend any of the talks or films, a standby line will be available at the museum.

David Wojnarowicz. A Fire in My Belly (A work in progress), 1986-87. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.


Heroin, 1981. 16mm on digital video. Black-and-white, silent, 2:33min.

A Fire in My Belly (A Work in Progress), 1986-1987. Super 8 film on digital video. Color and black-and-white, silent, 13:06min.

A Fire in My Belly Excerpt, 1986-1987. Super 8 film on digital video. Color and black-and-white, silent, 7:00min.

David Wojnarowicz and Steve Doughton, Around Clown, 1987. Music by David Markey. Super 8 on digital video, 3:00min.

David Wojnarowicz (in collaboration with Jesse Hultberg), Beautiful People, 1988. Super 8 on digital video, silent, 34:00min.


Marion Scemama and David Wojnarowicz

Inside This Little House, 1 989. 3:16min.

What is this Little Guy's Job, 1989. 2:05min.

When I Put My Hands on Your Body, 1989. 4:09min. Music: Ben Neill. Actors: Paul Smith and David Wojnarowicz

Last Night I Took A Man, 1989. 4:33min.

After Word, 1989. 1:34min.

Super 8 on digital video. Color with sound.

Texts and Performances unless otherwise noted: David Wojnarowicz; Camera and Direction: Marion Scemama

Editing: François Pain


David Wojnarowicz and Ben Neill, ITSOFOMO (in the shadow of forward motion), 1989-1991. DVD. 22:00min


Courtesy of P.P.O.W and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. 

About World AIDS Day

The Un-Private Collection is an ongoing series of public programs The Broad began in September 2013. The series introduces audiences to the museum’s 2,000-work contemporary art collection by showcasing stories behind the collection, the collectors and the artists. Since launching the program, The Broad has brought together a variety of artists whose works are in the Broad collection in conversation with cultural leaders, including Mark Bradford with Katy Siegel, Shirin Neshat with Christy MacLear, Jeff Koons with John Waters, Takashi Murakami with Pico Iyer, Eric Fischl with Steve Martin, John Currin with James Cuno, Kara Walker with Ava DuVernay and architect Elizabeth Diller with Eli Broad, Joanne Heyler and Paul Goldberger. Talks have been held at venues throughout Los Angeles, making the programming available to audiences across the city. Conversations are live-streamed and full videos of past talks are available online. The Un-Private Collection series is part of the Broad collection’s 30-year mission to make contemporary art accessible to the widest possible audience.

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