Rising from a devastating early life as a homeless gay youth and hustler in Times Square, David Wojnarowicz became an acclaimed artist and author. His artwork gives holy status to people and places that society has rendered invisible.
Using the symbolism of his Roman Catholic childhood, along with images of gay culture and sexuality, the artist depicted an expansive and beautiful spirituality. These images have also been a lightning rod for conflict with conservative Christians, during Wojnarowicz’s lifetime and beyond, including the censorship of his film, Fire in My Belly, from a Smithsonian exhibit in 2010.
Active as an artist during the 1980s and 1990s until his death in 1992 from AIDS-related illnesses, Wojnarowicz was an outspoken critic of the church’s silence during the AIDS crisis.
Join us as we explore the spiritual themes in his artwork and consider what this artist has to tell us theologically. This Lavender Lunch will be presented by Justin Tanis, Director of Communications for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and author of Transgendered: Theology, Ministry and Communities of Faith.