For 25 years Visual AIDS has been working with artists, curators, galleries and art institutions in response to HIV/AIDS.  In 2013, through a series of exhibitions, public programs, and events, Visual AIDS is poised to contemplate the deep cultural history of the epidemic, along with contemporary realities, in an interactive exploration of where art, AIDS and activism has been, where it is now and where it is going.  While much has changed in the past quarter century, what remains is AIDS IS NOT OVER.  


EXHIBITIONS:


Not only this, but 'New language beckons us'

May 23 - July 27, 2013

Opening: Thursday, May 23 from 6-8pm

Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU

Curated by Andrew Blackley for Visual AIDS

This exhibition is composed of archival objects from the Fales Library's Downtown Collection coupled with newly commissioned texts from contemporary artists and writers. Each text corresponds to a figure or object from the collection and highlights interpersonal affinities and adjacencies, influences and recollections. These couplings give voice to still-present narratives and discourses orbiting the intersection of art and HIV/AIDS--a theme that speaks to Visual AIDS's ongoing mission: to serve as an advocate for artists with AIDS and to recognize art as a tool for education and activism in the fight against AIDS.


NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS

June 1 - 30, 2013

Opening: Saturday, June 1, 6-9pm

La MaMa Galleria, NYC

Curated by Kris Nuzzi and Sur Rodney (Sur)

NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS looks back at the history of Visual AIDS and contemporary AIDS politics creating a glimpse into a quarter century of AIDS, art and activism.  Curators Kris Nuzzi and Sur Rodney (Sur) link artists of a generation born after 1970 to an earlier generation of artists that were active in the 1980s. By creating these layered connections and presenting artwork by both historical and contemporary artists, the exhibition aims to add to the ongoing dialogue and position the work within a layered timeline of AIDS, art and culture, using art as a means to educate, encourage discussion and inform that AIDS IS NOT OVER.


House in Vermont: Presented by prvtdncr and bodega vendetta

June 28 – July 20, 2013

Opening: Friday, June 28 from 6-8pm

Printed Matter, Inc.

Curated by Shannon Michael Cane

prvtdncr and bodega vendetta's work is a correspondence between two friends. A back and forth about their lives, place in the world and histories. Honoring all the queens who came before, some here - some not.  Simultaneously glorifying and taking it lightly. Sharing codes, secrets and inside information, the complete truths and the bold faced lies.  The vague, the direct, careless and calculated.


EVENTS & PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

BUT DOES IT MATTER
Saturday, June 15, 1-3 PM
La MaMa Galleria, 6 E 1st Street, NYC
Public discussion with Nancy Brooks Brody, Pato Hebert, Charles Long and moderator Todd Lester about the possibilities and limits of art in creating social change

SIGNIFICANT OTHERS
Presented with Dirty Looks Thursday, June 20, 7-9 PM
$7 suggested donation
Participant INC, 253 E Houston Street, NYC
Film screening of rarely seen work by Carl George and David Wojnarowicz, and a discussion with Esther Kaplan, Cynthia Carr, Rayya Elias, and Jack Waters about the lower east side during the 1980s. Part of The Gordon Kurtti Project

FUTURE CRIMES b/w LOVE KILLS
Saturday, June 22, slots start at 8:30 PM
“Space is a Place”, LICNew site specific one-night performance from artist J. Morrison
More information to RSVP: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/393785

FOUNDATIONAL SHARING
Sunday, June 23, 5 - 8 PM La MaMa Galleria 6 E 1st Street, NYC

A salon where artists, activist, and writers share literature and artwork that matter to them, hosted by Aldrin Valdez, Ted Kerr

SPREAD June 26, 27, 28, 7 PM sharp
$10, meet at midtown
More information and to RSVP: www.elastic-city.org/walks/spread
Artist walk created by Juan Betancurth, Todd Shalom & Niegel Smith of Elastic City

SWEATER QUEENS COLLAGING GROUP
Saturday, June 29, 5-7 PM
Printed Matter, 195 Tenth Avenue, NYC
An afternoon of cocktails and crafting with prvtdncr and bodega vendetta

MAKING SENSE OF PAPER, GLITTER  & LIFE
Sunday, June 30, 3-5 PM
La MaMa Galleria 6 E 1st Street, NYC
Panel discussion with curators and launch of the publication NOT OVER: 25 YEARS of Visual AIDS


UPCOMING PUBLICATION:

NOT OVER: 25 years of Visual AIDS

Book Launch June 30, La MaMa Galleria

Published by Visual AIDS / Designed by John Chaich

NOT OVER includes essays by C.Carr, Robert Atkins, Nelson Santos and Aldrin Valdez, color reproductions of over 50 artworks and projects; an interview between artist members Jessica Whitbread and Frederick Weston, notable quotes exploring the intersections between art, AIDS and activism; and a timeline of exhibitions, programs and other Visual AIDS milestones.


Stay tuned for July programming: queer explorations of the archive, and a conversation about the role of performance in activism and healing.


Curator Bios:

Andrew Blackley lives in New York where he works with writers, artists, and archives.

Shannon Michael Cane is writer, curator and publisher.  He is the editor of They Shoot Homos Don't They?, and has written for BUTT, Little Joe, Straight to Hell and PISS ZINE.  He curator - Brotherhood Group Show at Neon Parc (Melbourne) and Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney) and Jimmy De Sana - Works and David Wojnarowicz – Printed Works at Printed Matter, NYC.  He currently works at Printed Matter in Chelsea as the editions coordinator and curator of the LA and NY Art Book Fairs. 

Kris Nuzzi is a Brooklyn based independent curator and currently works as an art advisor. She received her BA in art history from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her MA in the art market from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where her focus was site-specific installation art. She is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellowship, where she had the opportunity to curate the exhibition Figured and organize the public program Embody at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery. Kris started working with Visual AIDS in 2006 as an intern, most notably working with the Frank Moore Archive and copy editing the Robert Blanchon (1965-1999) catalog. Most recently, she worked as Project Manager for their archive, which entailed helping digitize their slide archive and develop and launch their new online Visual AIDS Artist Registry. As an independent curator, she has recently curated shows at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Alice's Arbor, the Radiator Gallery and the Terminal Warehouse.  

Sur Rodney (Sur) enigmatically recognized as an archivist, curator, artistic collaborator, conceptual and performance artist, community activist, and writer, is most renown for his position as co-director of the Gracie Mansion Gallery (1983-1988). The gallery was central to establishing lower Manhattan’s East Village as an internationally recognized commercial art district actively being historicized. Amongst his many projects, his work with artist’s estates, at cause to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, led him to serve on the board of Visual AIDS for 15 years, where he helped establish the Frank Moore Archive Project of Visual AIDS to assist artists with HIV/AIDS and their estates, and co-curated some of Visual AIDS early exhibitions: The First Ten, PS122 (NY) 1995; Art Communities AIDS Communities: Realizing the Art Project, Boston Center for the Arts, 1996; and A Living Testament of the Blood Faries, Artists Space and Printed Matter at DIA (NY) 1996/97. Continuing his work with artists, FLUXUS artist Geoffrey Hendricks and the feminist writer and conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady amongst them, Sur is an active member of Other Countries, a group of Black gay writers who publish literary books and organize writers’ workshops. He continues to consult and work with archives and records management of artist’s estates.



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