University Galleries of Illinois State University

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Installation view, David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, July 26-September 5, 1990. Courtesy of the Estate of David Wojnarowicz and PPOW, New York

After Wojnarowicz was diagnosed with AIDS, Gracie Mansion contacted Barry Blinderman, the former director of Semaphore Gallery and the new director of the University Galleries, about Wojnarowicz's condition. The two decided that it would be a great idea to give him a retrospective. Blinderman was able to obtain a fifteen-thousand-dollar NEA grant for the show. He convinced Wojnarowicz to name it Tongues of Flame.[1]

Solo Exhibitions

David Wojnarowicz: Tongues of Flame, curated by Barry Blinderman

Group Exhibitions

Radiant Children: Art of the East Village – 1980’s, curated by Jonathan Weinberg and Joel Handoff

Text and Territory: Navigating through Immigration and Dislocation


11 Uptown Circle, Suite 103
Campus Box 7150
Normal, IL 61761

Selected Images


  1. Cynthia Carr, Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz (New York, Bloomsbury, 2012): 448