‘Screaming in the Streets: AIDS, Art, Activism’ at ClampArt, New York
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Today’s show: “Screaming in the Streets: AIDS, Art, Activism” was on view at ClampArt in New York from Thursday, August 3, through Saturday, September 23. The group exhibition, curated by Greg Ellis, focused on radicality among sexual minorities and reflected upon “a generation of lost artists, while illustrating the interconnectedness and collaborative working relationships among them,” according to a release.
The release also includes the below quote by David Wojnarowicz, from which the exhibition took its name:
“There is a tendency for people affected by this epidemic to police each other or prescribe what the most important gestures would be for dealing with this experience of loss. I resent that. At the same time, I worry that friends will slowly become professional pallbearers, waiting for each death, of their lovers, friends and neighbors, and polishing their funeral speeches; perfecting their rituals of death rather than a relatively simple ritual of life such as screaming in the streets.”
Keith Haring, Ronald Reagan Accused of TV Star Sex Death, 1980, Xerox copy