David Wojnarowicz was one of the art community’s most passionate and articulate voices at the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Fifteen years ago, we presented “Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz” (January 21—April 11, 1999) at our previous space at 583 Broadway. “Fever” was the first systematic assessment of Wojnarowicz’s achievements in painting, writing, photography, sculpture, film, video, performance art, graphics, and music.

Photo: Ivan Dallatana

crackersandme said:

Hey, I LOVE your blog. I'm a big fan of Audrey, and I'm also a lesbian (I discovered I loved her from watching The Children's Hour). I think that movie is so brave in what it dealt with during the 60s. But, because of it's subject matter, there's hardly any information about it. Do you happen to know how Audrey felt about that movie, like any interviews or behind the scenes looks? Also, similarly, how she felt about gay people? It's hard to find online. Thank you :)

Thank you!!! The Children’s Hour is a powerful movie and no matter how many times I watch it I’m always a mess by the end.  Shirley and Audrey gave strong, and like you said, brave performances.  Audrey in the beginning was enthusiastic about filming The Children’s Hour, but the emotional tone and long days took a toll on her.  It was very important that Sean and Mr. Famous (her Yorkshire Terrier) were on set with her every day to help improve her mood.

It was not in Audrey’s character to complain, but the emotional content of the script and the slow pace were taking a toll on everyone. This was when Jim Garner was at his best. he had an off-the-wall humor, and when things got especially grim he would say something funny to break everyone up and literally save the day.” - Bob Willoughby

Audrey and Shirley were both disappointed that in the final version of the film many scenes showing the relationship between their two characters ended up on the cutting room floor.  

In the play, scenes were developed so that you could see Martha falling in love with Karen [but Wyler] thought they’d be too much for Middle America to take.  I thought he was wrong, and I told him so, and Audrey was right behind me.  But he was the director, and there was nothing we could do…" - Shirley MacLaine

Concerning your last question, so many of Audrey’s good friends and co-workers were gay.  Hubert de Givenchy (?), Anthony Perkins, Cecil Beaton, George Cukor, and I’m sure the list goes on.  I don’t think Audrey ever judged or criticized anyone based on their sexuality or personal preferences.  

Edit: I nearly forgot! Here is a picture of Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor at a charity dinner for “Art against AIDS” in Basel, Switzerland.  Liz was a good friend of Audrey’s and was a major player in the fight against AIDS and the rights of the LBGT community.

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11 June 1991: Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn attend the charity dinner “Art against AIDS” in Basel, Switzerland.

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