Peter Hujar, David Wojanarowicz, Pier 34
David Wojnarowicz’s Wall Drawing at Pier 34
David Wojnarowicz, Democracy
David Wojnarowicz, A Fire in My Belly, Ants
A Fire in My Belly (Film Still) [Ants on Crucifix]
David, Wojnarowicz, Marisela La Grave, Pier 34
Drawings at Pier 34
David Wojnarowicz, Viva Carlo Viva Libertad
Viva Carlo! Viva Libertad!
David Wojnarowicz, John Ensslin, Red M
Red M(irage)
David Emfinger, AIDS Candlelight March Poster
An AIDS Candlelight March
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Self Portrait in Hospital Gown)
Untitled (Self Portrait in Hospital Gown)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Self Portrait on Bed)
Untitled (Self Portrait on Bed)
Mark Morrisroe, Untitled (Self Portrait / Teeth X-Ray)
Untitled (Self Portrait / Teeth X-Ray)
Mark Morrisroe, Lonely Bird
Lonely Bird
Kenny Burgess, Garden of Alice, Collage
Garden of Alice
Kenny Burgess, Secrets, Collage
Gran Fury, Let the Record Show, Silence Equals Death, Poster
Let the Record Show
Richard Deagle, Victor Mendolia, Know Your Scumbags, Poster
Know Your Scumbags
Silence = Death Project, AIDSGATE, Ronald Reagan
Ken Tisa, Ethyl Eichelberger Angel
Eichelberger Angel
Stanley Stellar, Ethyl Eichelberger back tattoo
Postcard illustration of Ethyl Eichelberger’s back
s.n.a.f.u. (Ethyl Eichelberger as Medea)
s.n.a.f.u. (Ethyl Eichelberger as Medea)
Ethyl Eichelberger, Peter Hujar, Pyramid Club, Nefertiti
Pyramid Club (Ethyl Eichelberger as Nefertiti)
Ethyl Eichelberger, Peter Hujar, s.n.a.f.u.
s.n.a.f.u. (Ethyl Eichelberger as Minnie the Maid)
Jack Smith, Artistic Manifesto
Artistic Manifesto
Jack Smith, Jose Rafael Arango, Charles Ludlam
Untitled (with Jose Rafael Arango and Charles Ludlam)
Bill Rice, Evocation 1
Evocation 1
Club Baths, Advertising Poster
Advertising Poster
People with AIDS, Safer Sex Guidelines
Safer Sex Guidelines: One Approach
Richard Berkowitz, How to Have Sex in an Epidemic, Working copy
How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach
Gaiety Theatre, Window Display-980
Window Display
Michael's Thing Magazine
Two Cover Mock-ups
Charlie Ahearn, Slide show, Artists Space
Slide Show (Artists Space)
Jean-Paul Gaultier Mask
Jean-Paul Gaultier Look-Alike Contest
Jimmy DeSana, Parka
Jimmy DeSana, Aluminum Foil #4 (Self-Portrait)
Aluminum Foil #4 (Self-Portrait)
Michael McClard, Motive, Film
Gordon Stevenson, Ecstatic Stigmatic
Ecstatic Stigmatic, the film with a disease
Peter Hujar, The Cockettes
Scrumbly Koldewyn and Tom Nieze, The Cockettes
Dennis Cooper, The Missing Men, My Mark
The Missing Men/My Mark
Michael Parker, Jail Bait, Zine
Jail Bait
Reinaldo Arenas, Celestino Antes Del Elba
Celestino Antes Del Elba
Essex Hemphill, Earth Life
Earth Life
Arthur Russell, Unaltered Photograph of Lê Đức Thọ and Henry Kissinger
Unaltered Photograph of Lê Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger
Keith Haring, Ronald Reagan, Xerox
Ronald Reagan Accused of TV Star Sex Death
Keith Haring, Humiliation Victim, Xerox
Humiliation Victim
Tseng Kwong Chi, San Francisco, California, East Meets West
San Francisco, California (from the series “East Meets West”)
Cara Perlman, Portrait of Haoui Montaug-980
Portrait of Haoui Montaug
Cara Perlman, Haoui Montaug, Polaroid
Haoui Montaug with his Portrait at Tin Pan Alley
David Wojnarowicz, Between C and D, Poster
Untitled (Between C & D)
Danceteria Closing Poster
Danceteria Closing
Crisco Disco, New York City, Bar sign
Crisco Disco
Nan Goldin, The Hug, New York City
The Hug, NYC
Nan Goldin, Suzanne and Philippe on the train, Long Island, N.Y
Suzanne and Philippe on the train, Long Island, NY
Huck Snyder, Civilian Warfare
Invitation to solo show
Diamanda Galas, Masque of the Red Death
The Masque of the Red Death
Anita Steckel, Presidential Handshake, Adolf Hitler, Ronald Reagan
Presidential Handshake
Frank Kozic, 52,435 Dead, AIDS, George Bush
52,435 Dead
Reno Dakota, American Fabulous, Film
American Fabulous
Alan Kupperberg, AIDS Mary
David Wojnarowicz, Memorial Flyer, Died of Aids
Memorial Flyer (St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery)
Paul Thek, Memorial Flyer
Memorial Flyer (St. Mark’s Church-In-The-Bowery)
Assotto Saint, Memorial Flyer
Memorial Flyer
Mark Fisher, ACT UP Memorial Flyer
ACT UP Memorial Flyer (Judson Memorial Church)
Screaming in the Streets, Installation Image I
Installation Image I
Screaming in the Streets, Installation Image II
Installation Image II
Screaming in the Streets, Installation Image III
Installation Image III
Screaming in the Streets, Installation IV
Installation Image IV
Screaming in the Streets, Installation Image V
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.”

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.

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