July 11th, 6-11pm
Steven Miller’s photographs in Offerte (offerings in Italian) are simple enough: the series documents gay porn magazine pages from the 70s through 90s burning in a backyard fire pit. But the combination of nakedness, desire, and all-consuming fire creeping across the images conjures up metaphors for love and loss through the AIDS years, and a timely reminder that pleasure, like knowledge, is a profound form of power. Miller writes about the work, "The scenes of unabashed lust and longing in Offerte aren't hell. Perhaps the photographs look superfically Catholic and recriminatory in their imagery, but there's no suffering here—only pleasure. These moments of desire and flames exist in a sort of purgatory, a cleansing by fire to finally sit by the side of the Gods."