Faculty Member Gregg Bordowitz Retrospective Exhibited at MoMA PS1

The entryway to a museum with a banner with the text "The AIDS Crisis is Still Beginning" written on it over the front entrance.
The banner leading up to MoMA PS1. Around 36 million people worldwide have the HIV virus. Fewer than half of them have access to life-saving drugs. Gregg Bordowitz, The AIDS Crisis is Still Beginning (2021). Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell
Publication Date: 
June 23, 2021

A retrospective of work by Gregg Bordowitz, professor and director of SAIC’s Low-Residency MFA Program, is being exhibited at MoMA PS1. The exhibition, titled Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well, spans 30 years of Bordowitz’s practice as an artist and activist during the AIDS crisis. The exhibition features his seminal videos and films, as well as drawings, poems, and sculptures. It was originally shown at the Art Institute of Chicago museum in 2019.

Bordowitz spoke to Artnet News about the exhibition. “A lot of my work started under the pressure of the culture wars of the ’80s. I was—and am—responding to the intense homophobia and stigma that people with HIV had to face,” he shared. “But rather than take up a defensive position, me and many of my colleagues took an offensive position: We are complex. We are many. We are multiple selves within a singular self.”

Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well will be exhibited through October 11 at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York.