Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

David Wojnarowicz: Cynthia Carr and Amy Scholder in Conversation
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

About the Lecture
With editorial director Amy Scholder, writer and cultural critic Cynthia Carr will discuss her new biography Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz. Her book tells the story of a controversial and seminal art-world figure at a pivotal moment in American culture. First gaining notice in New York’s East Village in the 1970s and 1980s amid a developing culture war, gentrification, and the AIDS crisis, Wojnarowicz—who died of AIDS in 1992—was thrust back in the spotlight in 2010, at the center of a censorship battle over the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

There will be a book signing following the lecture, presented with Bloomsbury Press and City Lights Booksellers.

Carr served as a columnist and arts reporter for the Village Voice from 1984 to 2003, where she specialized in experimental and cutting-edge art. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Artforum, Bookforum, and Modern Painters. Carr is also the author of Our Town: A Heartland Lynching, a Haunted Town, and the Hidden History of White America and On Edge: Performance at the End of the Twentieth Century

Amy Scholder is the editorial director of New York-based The Feminist Press. Over the past 25 years, she has worked with writers and artists including David Wojnarowicz, Sapphire, Kathy Acker, Karen Finley, Barbara Hammer, Joni Mitchell, Kate Millett, Judith Butler, Mary Woronov, and Laurie Weeks.


About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.

All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit 


Thank You to Our Sponsors!
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Winfred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is funded by the generosity of the family of Richard Diebenkorn.