Iceberg Projects, 2016 / 36 pages
Broken Flag was a group exhibition that emerged out of a conversation about queer identity in an ever fractured and precarious American landscape. The flag has historically operated as an allegory in culture and in contemporary art (with Jasper Johns being the most obvious of examples) — but here the flag is stretched to new formal and imaginal limits. In this case, the flag becomes an emblem and an allegory for the possibility of a utopic future, one which we hope will not verge into teetering collapse. These pieces of fabric, glitter, and cloth represent an identity subsumed by late capitalism; they are meta objects, remarking on histories, which are no longer visible (disappeared in the homogeneity of many an(other) identity). They speak to hopefulness and ebullience, as well as to collapse and hopelessness. Where shall we go? And shall we go together or alone?
This publication, an exhibition catalogue pamphlet, includes full-color plates of the artworks in the show; extensive captions describing contexts and critical analysis of each artwork; and texts by co-curators Dr. Daniel S. Berger and Dr. Omar Kholeif.
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David Wojnarowicz: Flesh of My Flesh
Iceberg Projects, 2018 / 114 pages / Ed. Dr. Daniel S. BergeR
David Wojnarowicz is one of the most important artists emerging from the New York art world of the 1980s. While his work spanned less than 20 years — his life was cut short due to AIDS at the age of 37 — he created a large body of work in collage, painting, performance, sculpture, writing and video. The exhibition at Iceberg Projects in 2018, David Wojnarowicz: Flesh of My Flesh, is the first solo show of the artist in Chicago, focusing on corporeal themes and motifs that he used throughout his career.
Richly illustrated, this book documents the exhibition at Iceberg Projects, the film program at the Block Museum at Northwestern University, and the transcript of Dr. Daniel S. Berger and Barry Blinderman in conversation. It also includes essays of Dr. Berger, Elijah Burgher, and Wendy Olsoff.
Militant Eroticism: The Art+Positive Archives
Sternberg Press, 2017 / 130 pages / Eds. Dr. Daniel S. Berger and John Neff
This book is the first survey of the art and practice of Art+Positive, a significant affinity group of ACT UP New York during the early years of the AIDS epidemic. Staging self-initiated actions, and also participating in larger demonstrations organized by ACT UP, Art+Positive practiced an improvisational approach to activism at the intersection of the AIDS crisis and the culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their multiplatform projects were especially focused on fighting AIDS phobia, censorship, homophobia, misogyny, and racism within the art world. Members, collaborators, and contributors to Art+Positive included artists Lola Flash, Nan Goldin, Aldo Hernández, Zoe Leonard, Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, Catherine (Saalfield) Gunn, Julie Tolentino, and David Wojnarowicz.
The Art+Positive archives, assembled by Hunter Reynolds in the mid-1990s, were out of public view for more than twenty years. Dr. Daniel S. Berger acquired the group’s archives in early 2015. Shortly thereafter, he and artist John Neff presented an exhibition of the archives at Iceberg Projects. Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives documents that exhibition and is extensively illustrated with artworks, documents, protest ephemera, and meeting notes from the Art+Positive archives. Also included are essays by Berger, Neff, and former ACT UP member and scholar Debra Levine. These essays are presented alongside previously unpublished writings by Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, and David Wojnarowicz.