The Rage To Live: The Queer Film Legacies of David Wojnarowicz and Marlon T. Riggs

January 30th – February 2nd, 2020

Marlon T. Riggs & Essex Hemphill photo shoot, Courtesy of Framline

Griffin Art Projects is partnering with the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery and The Cinemateque to host a full weekend of film screenings, lectures and panel discussions dedicated to exploring the context of AIDS and activism through art and film. This program is presented in conjunction with Griffin Art Project’s exhibition The Sodomite Invasion, and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery’s exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Photography and Film, 1978 -1992.

All panels, discussions and keynotes are free. Screenings are $12.00 (General Admission 18+) and $10.00 (Senior/Student Admission). Tickets can be purchased at, see links below for details.

Thursday January 30

Location: Griffin Art Projects, 1174 Welch St, North Vancouver

Opening Reception: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Conversations on Collecting: 7:00 pm

Join guest curator Lorenzo Fusi for a discussion revolving around the responsibility of caring for the archive and legacy of Jimmy DeSana. Building on one of Griffin Art Project’s mandates to make privately held art collections accessible to the public, this ongoing series is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver.

Friday January 31

Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Opening Keynote: 6:30 pm, Lyle Ashton Harris

Screening I: 7:45 pm, Black Is… Black Ain’t (86 min.)

Screening II: 9:30 pm, Self Portrait in 23 Rounds (70 min)

Saturday February 1

Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Panel: 1pm, Queer Perspectives: Intersectionality and the AIDS Crisis, Adrian Stimson in conversation with Lorenzo Fusi and Robert Reid-Pharr

Screening III: 2:30 pm, Ethnic Notions & Affirmations (total 66 min)

Screening IV: 4pm, Color Adjustment (87 min)

Panel: 7 pm Keynote, Robert Reid-Pharr

Screening V: 8:30 pm, Tongues Untied + Anthem + Non, Je ne regret (total 101 min)

Sunday February 2

Location: The Cinematheque, 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver

Panel: 1 pm, Queer Legacies: New York & Beyond / Discussion of how the AIDS crisis impacted the art community in the 1980s/1990s and how the legacies of those lost are cared for through acts of commemoration and stewardship. Speakers include Jennifer Doyle and Laurie Simmons.

Screening VI: 2:30 pm, Fear of Disclosure (7 min) + ITSOFOMO (49 min)

Screening VII: 4 pm, How to Survive a Plague (110 min)


Screening VIII: 7:30 pm, 120 Beats Per Minute (143 min)

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