Hamilton’s Emerson Gallery, in conjunction with the college’s art department, will screen David Wojnarowicz’s 1989 film, A Fire In My Belly, on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Red Pit (Room 127). A panel discussion will follow. Both events are free and open to the public.
Emerson Gallery Consulting Director Ian Berry will moderate the panel that will include Associate Professor of Art Katharine Kuharic, Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Brent Rodriguez-Plate, Visiting Professor of Cinema and New Media Studies Scott MacDonald and Wendy Olsoff, co-owner and co-founder of P.P.O.W Gallery in New York City.
Panelists will discuss how the film fits within the artist’s larger body of work, avant garde film, the art scene in the 1980s, religious symbols in history, and the film’s recent removal from an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and possible implications for museums.