Monday November 11, 2013

Call for Proposals:  Curator for Art & AIDS exhibition for Visual AIDSby Ted Kerr

"Not Over", 2013, curated by Sur Rodney (Sur) and Kris Nuzzi

Visual AIDS invites curators to submit a proposal for our annual one-month exhibition for June 2014 at La MaMa Galleria. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

Call for Proposals:
Curator for Art & AIDS exhibition for Visual AIDS
La MaMa Galleria, June 2014
Deadline Extended: December 30, 2013

Visual AIDS is looking for proposals that uses art to examine the relationship between HIV and contemporary culture, contemplate the deep cultural history of AIDS, art and activism, or highlight the work of artists living with HIV.Previous exhibitions have challenged notions such as love as activism, believing in the unknown, measuring the undetectable, and using text as image to contemplate mixed messages.Proposals should focus on contemporary issues with an eye towards both ideas of the past and possible futures. Curators should consider the work of artists in Visual AIDS’ online Archive Registry and Archive Project.

For a full history of Visual AIDS exhibitions, visit

Visual AIDS will provide an honorarium and administration support, along with access to Visual AIDS artist members, and information about HIV/AIDS and related contemporary issues. Curators need not be based in New York, however they will need to be easily accessible, and organizing, planning and installation is expected to be “hands-on”.

Proposals should be 1-2 page description of the exhibition that includes a list of possible artists in the exhibition; a working timeline for the exhibition; general budget considerations for shipping and/or art production, and a C.V.

Email proposal to Visual AIDS at or mail packet to Visual AIDS, 526 West 26th Street, #510, New York, NY 10001

Successful proposals will illustrate an eye for details, and an ability to communicate and understand workload management. Curators are expected to be involved in all aspects of exhibition planning, including contacting artist, organizing shipment, installing and deinstalling exhibition, etc. Previous experience curating exhibitions is a plus but not mandatory. A successful proposal will engage contemporary artists and art in innovative ways, while ensuring underrepresented issues, and communities are represented. Ideas for related programming are welcomed but not mandatory.

Writers, artists, community leaders and other cultural workers who can demonstration an ability to curate an exhibition are welcome to apply. We are open to accepting applications from individuals as well as teams and pairs.

Previous curators include Risa Puleo (For The Record, 2013), Kris Nuzzi and Sur Rodney Sur (Not Over, 2013), Andrew Blakley (Not only this, but ‘New language beckons us.’, 2013), John Chaich (Re/Mixed Messages, 2011/2012), Nathan Lee and Rachel Cook, (Undetectable, 2011), Patrick Webb (The Sword of Damocles, 2011), Jeffrey Walkowiak (To Believe, 2010), Steven Lam & Virginia Solomon (Tainted Love, 2009), Dean Daderko (Side x Side, 2008)and Sasha Archibald, Tania Duvergne, Sally Block,, Barbara Hunt McLanahan, Ernesto Pujol.

Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. We embrace diversity and difference in our staff, leadership, artists and audiences.

Deadline: December 30, 2013

Successful Applicant(s) will be notified January 2014

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