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History Keeps Me Awake At Night


P.P.O.W Gallery
535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor, 212-647-1044
July 10 - August 27, 2008
Reception: Thursday, July 10, 5 - 8 PM
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In connection with the exhibition, P.P.O.W. will host a reading by writers that count David Wojnarowicz and his coterie among their influences. The readers will be Zachary German, Amy King, Sara Marcus and Max Steele. Wojnarowicz’s work emerged from a city that seems to no longer exist, exhibiting an urgency of response that has all but dissipated. Having never known him, these readers look to Wojnarowicz’s work as a model of political fury, might see him as an emissary from another place and time. Doubling as bloggers, educators, performers, curators, and students, they chart different courses through a wildly different climate. There may be a genealogy of David Wojnarowicz, but it is all too queer—one where, in Wojnarowicz’s words, “conception’s just a shot in the dark.”

Zachary German was born in 1988 in Somers Point, New Jersey. He maintains a blog, “every time a police officer gets shot i throw a party,” and a biweekly poetry magazine, “the name of this band is the talking heads.” He is working on his first novel. He lives in Brooklyn

Amy King is the author of I’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, both from Blazevox Books, and most recently, Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press). She is the moderator for the Poetics List and the Women’s Poetry Listserv, and teaches English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College. She is currently editing an anthology, The Urban Poetic, forthcoming from Factory School. Please visit for more

Sara Marcus’s poetry and prose appear in Encyclopedia, Tantalum, EOAGH, The Advocate, The Forward, Time Out New York, and Heeb, where she was politics editor from 2002 to 2007. She is writing a book about punk rock and feminism; other work is forthcoming in The Art of Touring (Yeti Press, 2008), The Believer, and two chapbooks, one from Felt Press and one produced in collaboration with visual artist Tara Jane Oneil. Marcus’s catalogue essay for “Regrade,” sculptor Wade Kavanaugh’s solo exhibition at Suyama Space in Seattle, will be published in September 2008. She curates the series QT: Queer Readings at Dixon Place, copyedits at Artforum, and plays in the folk-rock band Luxton Lake

Max Steele is a performer, writer and artist. His zine, Scorcher, has been excerpted internationally, and his performance work with his band, Max Steele and the Party Ice, has toured the west coast. He is from California and now lives in Brooklyn.

Special thanks to Fales Library for their film archives.

Fear of Disclosure, Phil Zwickler,1989-1994. Started in1989 by Phil Zwickler, this four film series explores issues of having HIV in different communities. The first video with David Wojnarowicz examines the difficulties of revealing HIV status for gay men.

Fire in My Belly (A work in Progress), directed by David Wojnarowicz, 1986-87, 13 minutes, silent. This unfinished work by Wojnarowicz contains a montage of his iconic images mostly gathered from his trips to Mexico.

Heroin, directed by David Wojnarowicz, 1981, 4 minutes, silent. This film is one of the few Wojnarowicz’ films that are complete and it depicts the adverse use of heroin in New York City.

Manhattan Love Suicides, directed by Richard Kern, 1985, 10 minutes, black and white. A film that David starred in with William Rice, Robin Renzi, Montanna Houston, about a fan who follows an artist and has his advances unrequited.
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