EXHIBITION

Democracy
Untitled (Between C & D)
A Fire in My Belly (Film Still) [Ants on Crucifix]
Drawings at Pier 34
David Wojnarowicz’s Wall Drawing at Pier 34
Viva Carlo! Viva Libertad!
Red M(irage)
An AIDS Candlelight March
Untitled (Self Portrait in Hospital Gown)
Untitled (Self-Portrait on Bed)
Untitled (Self Portrait / Teeth X-Ray)
Lonely Bird
Garden of Alice
Secrets
Let the Record Show
Know Your Scumbags
AIDSGATE
Eichelberger Angel
Postcard illustration of Ethyl Eichelberger’s back
s.n.a.f.u. (Ethyl Eichelberger as Medea)
Pyramid Club (Ethyl Eichelberger as Nefertiti)
s.n.a.f.u. (Ethyl Eichelberger as Minnie the Maid)
Artistic Manifesto
Untitled (with Jose Rafael Arango and Charles Ludlam)
Evocation 1
Advertising Poster
Safer Sex Guidelines: One Approach
How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach
Window Display
Two Cover Mock-ups
Slide Show (Artists Space)
Jean-Paul Gaultier Look-Alike Contest
Parka
Aluminum Foil #4 (Self-Portrait)
Motive
Ecstatic Stigmatic, the film with a disease
Scrumbly Koldewyn and Tom Nieze, The Cockettes
The Missing Men/My Mark
Jail Bait
Celestino Antes Del Elba
Earth Life
Unaltered Photograph of Lê Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger
Ronald Reagan Accused of TV Star Sex Death
Humiliation Victim
San Francisco, California (from the series “East Meets West”)
Portrait of Haoui Montaug
Haoui Montaug with his Portrait at Tin Pan Alley
Danceteria Closing
Crisco Disco
The Hug, NYC
Suzanne and Philippe on the train, Long Island, NY
Invitation to solo show
The Masque of the Red Death
Presidential Handshake
52,435 Dead
American Fabulous
AIDS Mary
Memorial Flyer (St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery)
Memorial Flyer (St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery)
Memorial Flyer
ACT UP Memorial Flyer (Judson Memorial Church)
Installation Image I
Installation Image II
Installation Image III
Installation Image IV
Installation Image V

August 3 – September 23, 2017

Opening reception:
Thursday, August 3, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

“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.”
—David Wojnarowicz

“The growing consciousness is a danger and a disease.”
—Nietzsche

Curated by Greg Ellis

ClampArt and Ward 5B are proud to present “Screaming in the Streets: AIDS, Art, Activism.” The exhibition celebrates the launch of Ward 5B, a new archival and curatorial service.

By 1995 at the height of the epidemic in the United States there were an estimated 48,371 annual AIDS-related deaths. The story of the artistic and activist responses to this medical crisis were marked by intergenerational, communal, as well as individual associations. The AIDS epidemic provided a startling glimpse into the strange connections between the most private of our lives and the most public.

Linked in this way within the context of the exhibition are Kenny Burgess, Peter Hujar, Haoui Montaug, Essex Hemphill, David Wojnarowicz, Dorian Corey, Mark Morrisroe, Assotto Saint, Arthur Russell, Gordon Stevenson, Keith Haring, Reinaldo Arenas, Ethyl Eichelberger, Jimmy De Sana, and many, many others.

Additionally, radical spaces such as the Pyramid Club, PS 122, Danceteria, boybar, s.n.a.f.u., Crisco Disco, Gaiety Theatre, The Club Baths, and other venues became contradictory under the lash of AIDS, serving not only as “safe zones” for the queer community, but also grounds where contact among individuals would propel the spread of this deadly new contagion.

Amidst this unique cauldron of creativity, community, and disease sprang a generation of AIDS activists connected by art, while rooted in the historically radical politics and culture of New York City. The response to the epidemic brought about a clash of ideologies among the actors involved, both philosophical and economic, that is reflected in the artwork and ephemera of the era.

There were many villains and heroes throughout the early years of the epidemic, from the criminal prejudice of the Reagan administration to the epic struggle with the creation of safe sex. “Screaming in the Streets: AIDS, Art, Activism” focuses on the meaning of radical spaces for sexual minorities and reflects upon a generation of lost artists, while illustrating the interconnectedness and collaborative working relationships among them.

Ward 5B is an archival and curatorial service specializing in late 20th-century urban ephemera and art, with a focus on punk aesthetic, radical spaces, performance art, drag, experimental theatre, camp, queercore, and guerrilla/street art projects.

A fully-illustrated catalogue designed by Carlos E. Kempff S. will be available for purchase.

Press Releases

Press Coverage