ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS was the 28th annual iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritized Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.
In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.
The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.
Visual AIDS presented ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS with public programs involving the artists and curators at four marquee screenings:
- The Whitney Museum of American Art, December 1, 6:30PM, followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Reina Gossett, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (Whitney event page) (post-screening video)
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, December 4, 6:30PM, in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem, followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro and Thomas Allen Harris in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (facebook) (post-screening video)
- Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, December 5, 6:00PM, followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Rae Lewis-Thornton, Charles Long and Tiona Nekkia McClodden in conversation with Visual AIDS Programs Director Alex Fialho. (link) (facebook) (post-screening video)
- The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, December 7, 7:00PM, in collaboration with ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the ONE Archives Foundation, followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (link) (facebook) (post-screening video)
Over 100 partnering institutions across the world also screened the program on/around December 1st! (details on screening tab)
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the generous support of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Visual AIDS would also like to thank the artists for the time and resources they have contributed to this project.
Thomas Allen Harris, About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer, 2017 (7:52)
As the AIDS epidemic in New York escalated during the ‘80s, a young, out, Black producer was fighting to get information about the crisis on screen. Thomas Allen Harris, raised by activists in the Bronx and East Africa, produced a series of public television programs focused on HIV/AIDS, bringing folks who were previously ignored by mainstream media to the core of public discussion. Despite the program’s success in breaking open the narrative of the crisis, the pushback Harris received from the channel’s executives and constraints of corporate media ultimately led the artist to suspend work in public television. 28 years later, Harris draws from these resurfaced tapes and an essay he’d written at the time: “About Face: The Evolution of a Black Producer."
Mykki Blanco, STONES & WATER WEIGHT, 2017 (6:40)
STONES & WATER WEIGHT responds to the need for new interpretations of HIV+ people. Mykki Blanco is portrayed in tasks that test the limits of the body and physical stress and the boundaries of normative health. STONES & WATER WEIGHT is an exercise in how societies perceive the fragilities of those who survive with the virus. In this era of globalized fitness culture through the use of social media, "looking healthy" matters much more than actually being healthy. Using endurance as the motivation for the performance, the video creates a new perception of HIV+ people as strong and resilient. Research references include the Atlas myth, the god of endurance that holds the earth and the skies over his shoulders, as well as the never ending climb of the Sisyphus myth.
Tiona Nekkia McClodden, The Labyrinth 1.0, 2017 (5:48)
The Labyrinth 1.0 is a poetic film essay that cites writer and poet Brad Johnson's poem "The Labyrinth," published in 1995 in the anthology Milking Black Bull. Sourcing 16mm surveillance footage,16mm 1970s tearoom porn, and structuralist film footage shot in North Philadelphia, the work visually explores the concept of the labyrinth space as a site for cruising and gestural based desire.
Kia LaBeija, Goodnight, Kia, 2017 (5:59)
Over the duration of the ongoing AIDS epidemic, an estimated 17 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related illness. Many of these children living with the virus themselves have ended up displaced or forced out of their homes. In Goodnight, Kia, Kia LaBeija processes a reoccurring dream of the home she shared with her mother Kwan Bennett. Bennett died of an AIDS-related illness in October of 2004, resulting in an unanticipated move that reshaped the course of her teenage daughter's life.
Brontez Purnell, 100 Boyfriends Mixtape (The Demo), 2017 (8:09)
Set in an urban fairytale, DeShawn (an unlikely anti-hero) is smack dabbing in the middle of a peculiar crossroads. He is haunted by the ghosts of 100 men (ex-"boyfriends" for one and also the ghosts of everyone they dated too.) His days are filled with spiraling epiphanies and lucid reckless Bohemianism fueled by systemic poverty and HIV ennui. In this particular sketch he is relating his philosophy of the world to an unknown caller on his land line telephone whilst magically shrink fitting his new Levi's jeans that he recently shoplifted from Macy's…
Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, DiAna's Hair Ego REMIX, 2017 (8:38)
30 years after Ellen Spiro made DiAna’s Hair Ego: AIDS Info Up Front, the AIDS crisis is still raging in the deep South where the film was shot. Director Cheryl Dunye, after reading about the ongoing AIDS crisis in the South, visits DiAna DiAna and Dr. Bambi Gaddist in the hair salon in Columbia, South Carolina where they first began their innovative safe sex education work. DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX is the beginning of a new story and new hope in the face of an ongoing tragedy.
Reina Gossett, Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, 2017 (7:32)
Atlantic is a Sea of Bones is a short film drawing from the Lucille Clifton poem of the same name that follows Egyptt LaBejia, an NYC-based performer through the 80s, 90s, and 2000's in NYC. The haunting and otherwordly film set to an original score features small every day acts of refusal, resistance, and existence—such as performance and self expression—that have a tremendous impact on the world. The film reveals how the historical and systemic violence, like the killing and policing of Black queer and trans life, continue to haunt our contemporary landscapes and is inextricably linked to the ongoing AIDS epidemic and the black queer/trans spaces shaped so intimately by HIV/AIDS, including the spaces where we come together and make life together: public spaces and nightlife spaces.
New York City, NY
★ Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014), December 1, 6:30pm, screening event followed by a discussion featuring Reina Gossett, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (link)
★ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037), December 4, 6:30pm, screening event in collaboration with The Studio Museum in Harlem, followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro and Thomas Allen Harris in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (facebook)
BRIC (647 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY 11217), December 1, 1-6pm, looping presentation on the Stoop. (link)
Bronx Museum of the Arts (South Wing Atrium, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10456), December 1, 12–10pm, looping presentation.
Brooklyn College (Student Center, 2705 Campus Road Gold Room, 6th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11210), November 28, 6:30-9:30pm, screening event in conjunction with World AIDS Day Art Show. (facebook)
Brooklyn Museum (Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art Forum, 4th floor, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238), December 2, 8pm and 9pm, two screening events in conjunction with Target First Saturdays. Tickets free and first come first served. (link)
International Studio & Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211), December 1, 12:30pm, screening event and brown bag lunch for artists in residence, with introduction by Camilo Godoy.
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (Museum Reading Room, 26 Wooster Street, New York, New York, 10013), November 31-December 10, 12–6pm, looping presentation.
Museum of Arts and Design (6th Floor Project Space, 2 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019), December 1, 10am–6pm, looping presentation, free with museum admission.
Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029), December 1, 10am – 6pm, looping presentation.
New Museum (Theater, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002), December 1, 11am–6pm, looping presentation.
Parsons School of Design (2 West 13th Street, Entrance Lobby, New York, NY 10011), December 1, 8am-midnight, Day-long looping presentation on two street-level monitors.
SAGE Center Harlem (127 West 127Street, New York, NY 10027), December 7, 12:30pm, screening followed by refreshments and discussion led by SAGEPositive Coordinator Bill Gross.
SAGE Center Bronx (260 East 188 Street, Bronx, NY 10458), December 8, 1:45pm, screening followed by refreshments and discussion led by SAGEPositive Coordinator Bill Gross.
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (721 Broadway, NY, NY 10003), December 1, 9am–6pm, looping presentation on 3 screens: 721 Broadway ground floor lobby and Dean's 12th floor reception area, and 665 Broadway on the 6th floor.
★ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611), December 5, 6pm, screening event followed by a post-screening discussion featuring Rae Lewis-Thornton, Charles Long and Tiona Nekkia McClodden in conversation with Visual AIDS Programs Director Alex Fialho. (link) (facebook)
The International Museum of Surgical Science (The Screening Room, 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60610), December 1, 10am - 4pm, looping presentation. (link)
Hyde Park Art Center (Mueller Meeting Room, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. Chicago, IL 60615), December 1, 9:30am – 4:30pm, looping presentation.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (112 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603), December 1, 8am-6pm, looping presentation on monitors across campus. Co-presented by ExTv, SAIC's student-run time-based media platform.
Los Angeles, CA
★ The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012), December 7, 7pm, screening event in collaboration with ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the ONE Archives Foundation, followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (link)
Alexandria Museum of Art (933 Second Street, Alexandria, LA), December 5, 6pm, screening event followed by a discussion led by a member of the STD team from the Department of Public Health. Co-presented by Central Louisiana Aids Support Services (CLASS) and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Alexandria (LA) Alumnae Chapter.
Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Museum of Art (525 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109), December 1, 6pm, screening followed by a discussion with Leon Golson, Director of Prevention Programs for Unified HIV Health and Beyond in Ypsilanti, MI, and Demario Longmire, a recent U-M graduate and Health Corps Fellow working with communities affected by HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. Presented by the UMMA Student Engagement Council.
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (33 Garden Rd, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY 12504), December 1, 2pm, screening with introduction by Andrew Hibbard, second-year graduate student.
The Ohio University School of Art + Design (Mitchell Auditorium, 528 Seigfred Hall, Athens, OH 45701), December 1, 3pm, screening event, co-presented with the Ohio University Art Galleries, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and the OU LGBT Center.
The Contemporary Austin (Jones Center Roof Deck, 700 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701), December 1, 6pm reception, 7pm screening with introduction by Xavier Livermon, Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, The University of Texas, Austin. Presented in partnership with the Kind Clinic. (link)
Blanton Museum of Art (Auditorium, 200 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Austin, TX 78712), December 1, 1pm, screening.
MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Auditori Meier, Plaça dels Àngels 1, 08001 Barcelona), December 1, 7pm, screening with introduction by Nancy Garín and Linda Valdés, from the Equipo Re collective. (link)
Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225), December 1, 9pm, free screening event presented as part of The Queens’ Vernacular, a monthly queer film series curated by Greg Youmans and Chris Vargas.
Café Futuro (Pannierstr. 12, 12047 Berlin, Germany), December 3, 7pm, screening event followed by discussion in English and German. (facebook)
Lehigh University, The Pride Center for Sexual Orientation & Gender Diversity (29 Trembley Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18055), November 29, 12pm, screening as part of the LUally Quench series
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (Community Meeting Room, 520 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203), December 1, 7pm, screening event followed by a panel with Tony Christon-Walker, Director of Prevention and Community Partnerships at AIDS Alabama, Shyla Campbell, Chair of the HIV Prevention Network, Dr. Michael Saag, Director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research. Screening and panel presented in partnership with One In Our Blood (link).
Lesley University (Marran Theater, 29 Everett St. Cambridge, MA 02138), December 1, noon, screening with panel discussion to follow, co-presented with Boston LGBTQIA Artist Alliance. (link)
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA 02210) December 2, screenings at 12PM and 2PM with introductions by Jessica Hong, Curatorial Associate.
Bowling Green, OH
Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center (Room 204, 1000 Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH 43403), December 5, 9pm, screening event sponsored by The Fine Arts Center Galleries; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program; Diversity Education and LGBTQ+ Programs, Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Bowdoin College (Beam Classroom, 1st floor, Visual Arts Center, 239 Maine St, Brunswick, ME 04011), December 1, 4pm, screening event.
Scarlet Ibis Gallery (inside Phoenix Tea, 447 152nd St, Burien WA 98166), December 1, 5-10pm, looping presentation.
The Alberta College of Art + Design (Lecture Theatre, 1407 - 14 Ave NW Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 4R3), December 1, 2017, 7pm, screening with introduction by Dr. Mark Clintberg.
The Harvard Art Museums (Lightbox Gallery, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138), December 1, 10am–5pm, looping presentation.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Legion Arts (Digital Gallery at CSPS Hall, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401, 319-364-1580), December 1, 10am-10pm, looping presentation.
Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820), December 1-2, 9am-5pm, looping presentation on museum lobby screens. Co-presented with the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The Pomona College Museum of Art (330 N. College Ave. Claremont, CA 91711), November 30, 7-10pm, screening in conjunction with the Office of Black Student Affairs, Queer Resource Center, Health Education Outreach, and McAlister Center of the Claremont Colleges and Foothill AIDS Project at the United Church of Christ.
Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design (60 Cleveland, Entrance on E. Gay St, Columbus, OH 43215), December 1, 10am-7pm, looping presentation in the galleries. All current exhibitions will be suspended for the day in solidarity.
The Columbus Museum of Art (Schottenstein Property Group Pavilion, 480 E Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215), November 30, 6pm, screening with introductions by representatives of Black Chick Media, CATCO, Columbus Black International Film Festival, Creative Control Fest, Equitas Health, Planned Parenthood, and Stonewall Columbus.
Wexner Center for the Arts (The Box, 1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210), December 1, 8am-6pm, looping presentation.
SMU Meadows Division of Art (Owen Arts Center, Room 1635, 6101 Bishop Dallas, TX 75205), December 1, 10am-5pm, looping presentation.
Davidson College, Van Every/Smith Galleries (in the McKay Atrium, E. Craig Wall Jr Academic Center, 315 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036), December 1, 4-8:30pm, screening event with talks from leaders of community organizations, followed by looping presentation. Co-presented with Davidson College’s Health Center and Friends of the Arts.
Auraria Campus (Tivoli Multicultural Lounge, 777 Lawrence St, Denver, CO, 80204), November 30, 10:30-12:30 Resource Fair, 12:30pm, screening event with Free HIV testing and food for the duration of the event. Presented by the Health Center at Auraria and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center (link).
Deutsches Hygiene Museum ("Living and Dying" Gallery, Permanent Exhibition, Lingnerplatz 1, 01097 Dresden, Germany), December 1-31, looping presentation.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University (2001 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27705), December 1, 10am and 4pm, screening events. (link)
University of Alberta (CAB 265, 116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada), December 1, 3pm, screening event hosted by Student Organization for Humanitarianism and HIV Edmonton.
Fort Worth, TX
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Auditorium, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107), December 1, 11am-2pm, looping presentation.
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (2900 W. Berry, Fort Worth, TX, 76109), December 1, 5-7pm, looping presentation. Free admission and open to the public. The Art Galleries at TCU are proud to present this screening in partnership with the TCU Women and Gender Studies Program, TCU Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies Program and our TCU Allies.
The Harn Museum of Art, at the University of Florida (3259 Hull Road, Gainesville FL, 32605), December 9, 3pm, screening and student-led conversation, in collaboration with Pride Student Union (PSU) and QTPOC (Queer & Trans People of Color) Collective, UF.
Real Art Ways (56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106), December 1-31, 2–10pm, month-long looping presentation.
Iowa City, IA
Public Space One (Wesley Center, lower level, 120 N. Dubuque St. Iowa City, IA, 52245), December 1, 11a-6pm, looping presentation. (link)
Pera Museum (Meşrutiyet Caddesi No: 65 34443 Tepebasi, Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey), December 2 and December 10, 2pm, screening events in conjunction with HIV/AIDS screening series. (link)
Ithaca College LGBT Center (953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850), Dec 1, 12 pm - 4 pm looping presentation (link)
The SPOT at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, MS 39213), December 14, 7pm, screening with introduction by Daniel DeLoma (Visual AIDS; Project + Connect), co-presented with The SPOT.
Rosewood Arts Centre (2655 Olson Drive, Kettering, OH 45420), December 4, 9am-6pm, looping presentation.
Las Cruces, NM
New Mexico State University (CMI Theatre, 2915 McFie Circle, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003), December 1, 6pm, screening with introduction by Marisa Sage (University Art Gallery, Dr. M. Catherine Jonet (Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Laura Anh Williams, PhD (Gender and Sexuality Studies). Co-presentation between the University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. (link)
21C Museum and Hotel (Second Floor Gallery, 167 West Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507), December 2, 7pm. Screening event presented by Institute 193.
Great Plains Art Museum (Christlieb Gallery, 1155 Q Street, Lincoln, NE 68588), December 1, 2:30pm, screening event followed by short discussion.
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning (198 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London, SE24 0JT), December 1, 7-10pm, screening and conversation with Ajamu/Fine Art Photographer and Marc Thompson, Brixton based activist and co-founder of Black OUT UK and Prepster.info, leading campaigner for HIV prevention and sexual health.
Speed Cinema at the Speed Art Museum (2035 S. 3rd Street, Louisville, KY 40208), December 1, 5pm, screening co-presented with Fairness Campaign, Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance, Volunteers of America, and the Louisville Gay Men's Chorus.
D11 (Avenida Pedro Díez 21-duplicado, Carabanchel, Madrid 28019), December 2, 8pm, screening with introduction by Gerard Voltà and Alejandro Castaneda.
Paradise Works (The Penthouse, Second Floor, Paradise Works, East Phillip Street, Salford, M3 7LE), December 1, 7pm, screening on a double-bill with HIVideo 2017. Presented by The Penthouse and Balaclava.Q (link)
Bury Art Museum (Moss Street, Bury, BL9 0DR, UK), December 1–2, projection room screening with opening event on Friday December 1 at 7pm, part of ‘Loss’, Day with(out) Art curatorial intervention (link)
GaRage (11 rue de l’Olivier, 13005 Marseille, France), December 5, 8pm, screening event presented by What’s Your Flavor? (facebook)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium, 1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104), December 1, 10am – 3:35pm, looping presentation.
The University of Memphis (McWherter Library, 126 Ned Mcwherter Library, Memphis, TN 38152), December 4-8, looping presentation alongside a display of a panel of the AIDS Quilt.
Middlebury College Museum of Art (Room 125, Mahaney Center for the Arts, 72 Porter Field Road, Middlebury, VT 05753), December 1, 12:30pm, screening followed by light refreshments and discussion, co-presented with the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College.
Milton Art Bank (23 South Front Street, Milton, PA 17847), December 1-2, 12-6pm, looping presentation. Former Visual AIDS Board Chair will be in the gallery 12-6 on December 2nd to discuss the history and importance of Visual AIDS and Day With(out) Art. (link)
MCAD (College Center, 2nd Floor, 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404), December 1, noon - 1pm, screening event. Organized in conjunction with The People’s Library.
McGill University (Jack Cram Auditorium, Education Building, McGill University, 3700 Rue McTavish, Montreal, Quebec), December 1, 6pm, screening followed by a facilitated debrief/open discussion. Light refreshments and childcare provided. Organized by the Post-Graduate Students’ Society of McGill University in collaboration with Queer McGill.
New Brunswick, NJ
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University (Livingston Student Center Multipurpose Room, 84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue Piscataway, New Brunswick, NJ 08854), December 4, 7-10pm, screening with introduction by Keywuan Caulk.
Newcastle University (Fine Art Lecture Theatre / KEVII.2.01 Lecture Theatre, Fine Art Building, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK), December 1, 1-2pm, screening event with introduction by Dr Fiona Anderson.
New Haven, CT
Yale University Office of LGBTQ Resources (135 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511), December 7, 6:30pm, screening event.
New Orleans, LA
Three Keys at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130), December 1, 5-7pm, screening event in conjunction with Prospect.4. (link)
Smith College Museum of Art (Video and New Media Gallery, 20 Elm St at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA 01063), December 1, 1:30-3pm, screening and talkback session, co-presented with PRISM and the Black Students' Alliance. December 1-3, looping presentation.
Aggregate Space Gallery (801 W. Grand Ave, Entrance on West St., Oakland, CA 94607), December 1, 1-9pm, looping presentation.
California College of the Arts (Nahl Hall, 5212 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618), December 5, 7pm, screening event co-presented with Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley (ARC).
The Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery at Weber State University (First floor Atrium, Kimball Visual Arts Center, 3964 W. Campus Drive, Ogden, UT 84408), December 1, 6-9p, looping presentation.
The Union for Contemporary Art (2423 North 24th Street, Omaha, NE 68110), December 1, 6pm, screening with discussion moderated by Dominique Morgan, Andrew Aleman, and Tim Rimmers.
Orlando Museum of Art (SunTrust Auditorium, 2416 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803), December 3, 1:30pm, screening followed by audience talkback with Sam Graper, Community Relations Manager, Orlando Immunology Center. (facebook)
AIDS Activist History Project (McNabb Recreation Centre Community Room, 180 Percy Street, Ottawa, ON K1R 6E5, Canada), December 1, 6:30pm doors, 7pm screening. (facebook)
Fight AIDS Paris Week (Halle des Blancs-Manteaux, 48 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75004 Paris), December 2, 1:45-3pm, screening event presented by What’s Your Flavor? (facebook)
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (Tuttleman Auditorium, 118 S. 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104), November 29, 6:30pm, screening with poetry reading by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague and publication launch with works by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, LA Warman, and Savannah Shange; December 1, 11am-5pm, looping presentation. (link)
William Way LGBT Community Center (Mark Segal Ballroom, 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107), December 1, 8pm, screening event with 5 panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt on view in the Ballroom and the exhibit "Still Fighting For Our Lives" in the Center's lobby.
The Andy Warhol Museum (Warhol Theater, 117 Sandusky St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212), December 1, 7pm, screening event. (link)
The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (15 NE Hancock St, Portland, OR 97212), December 1, 7:00pm screening with introduction by Roy Perez (Willamette University). Part of PICA's exhibition DELTA and a special, 3-day event (Dec 1-3) engaging the history and politics of AIDS activism and art with a reading and talk by Sarah Schulman (Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination), panel on local housing justice, and screening of UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP. Presented in partnership with the Pacific NW College of Art's MA Critical Studies and MFA Visual Studies Programs.
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903), December 1, 12pm, free screening event. (link)
Purchase College Neuberger Museum of Art (735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577), December 1, 1:30-2:30pm, screening event co-presented with Office of Community Engagement Multicultural Center.
Virginia Commonwealth University Dept. of Painting + Printmaking (Anderson Gallery, 907 1/2 W. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23284), Dec 1, 5-9pm, looping presentation.
Salt Lake City, UT
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium, 410 Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112), November 30, 10am – 5pm, looping presentation.
San Diego, CA
Digital Gym Cinema at Media Arts Center San Diego (2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104), December 2, 6:30pm and 7:50pm, screenings with Q&A, co-sponsored with POZabilities and The Studio Door.
UC San Diego (The Price Center Ballroom East, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093), December 1, 7am-3pm, looping presentation with panels from AIDS Memorial Quilt.
San Diego State University (Montezuma Hall ,5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92122), December 1, 3:30pm, screening event.
San Mateo, CA
San Mateo County's Pride Center (1021 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402), December 1, 6:30pm, screening event followed by a community dialogue. Co-presented with African American Community Initiative and Outlet.
San Francisco, CA
LYRIC (127 Collingwood Street, San Francisco, CA 94114), December 1, 2pm, screening in conjunction with World AIDS Day art and community event.
SFMOMA’s Open Space (https://openspace.sfmoma.org/), December 1, midnight to midnight, online screening.
Santa Fe, NM
CCA Center for Contemporary Arts (1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505), December 2, 11am, screening event.
São Paulo, Brazil
Casa do Povo (Três Rios St, São Paulo, SP 01123-000, Brazil), December 1, 8pm, screening presented by Grupo Mexa and Marília Loureiro, curator of Casa do Povo.
Telfair Museums (The Jepson Center for the Arts, Neises Auditorium, 207 W York St, Savannah, GA 31401), December 1, 10am-5pm, continuous screening during open hours.
The Frye Art Museum (Auditorium, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, WA 98144), December 1, 7pm, screening with panel discussion immediately following featuring Brian Minalga (Legacy Project) and Ace Robinson, a leading HIV advocate and population health expert. (link)
St. Louis, MO
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108), December 1, 6pm, screening event in conjunction with First Friday programming. (link)
The Grand Cinema (606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402), December 13, 7pm, screening event followed by a post-screening discussion. Presented in partnership with the Tacoma Action Collective. (link)
Sissyq’s (Talent Library, 25 Home St, Talent, OR) December 1, 7:30pm, screening followed by facilitated discussion. (facebook)
Arizona State University Art Museum (51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ 85281), December 1, 11am-5pm, looping presentation.
Normal Screen (Hibiya Library & Culture Museum, Hibiya Park, 1−4, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan), December 1, 6:30pm, screening with introduction by Sho Akita (Normal Screen), a related event of Tokyo AIDS Weeks 2017.
Ryerson University (Mattamy Athletic Centre, 4th Level, 50 Carlton St, Toronto, CA M5B 1J2), November 27, 12pm, screening with introduction by Glace Lawrence, co-presented with Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention.
l’Obs (87 rue du 10 avril, 31500 Toulouse), December 1, 9pm (after ACT UP demonstration), screening event presented by Cuti Production and What’s Your Flavor? (facebook)
108|Contemporary (108 E. MB Brady St., Tulsa, OK, 74103), December 2, 12-5pm, looping presentation in conjunction with their current exhibition The State of Craft: Oklahoma Members.
Casco — Office for Art, Design & Theory (Lange Nieuwstraat 7, 3512 PA Utrecht, Netherlands), December 1, 12 - 6pm, looping presentation in the Possibility Room, alongside the project-exhibitions Army of Love and The Library of Unread Books. (facebook) (link)
Victoria, British Columbia
Open Space Arts Society (510 Fort Street, 2nd Floor, Victoria, British Columbia Canada), December 1, 7pm, screening with discussion to follow lead by community members from Vancouver Island Persons With HIV/AIDS Society, HepCBC, and Students of Colour Collective (University of Victoria). (link)
Studio House at Walbridge (3229 Walbridge Place, NW, Washington, DC 20010), December 1, 6:30pm, potluck with All Souls Church Unitarian's Young Souls, screening to follow. Co-presented by Peter Stebbins, DC Partnership for HIV/AIDS Program (DC PFAP) Medical Advisory Board Member.
Wilton Manors, FL
The World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (1201 NE 26th St Suite 111, Wilton Manors, FL 33305), Dec 1-3, looping presentation.
Mykki Blanco is a writer and international recording artist. Blanco found fame first as a fearless noise rap poet publishing the book "From The Silence Of Duchamp To The Noise Of Boys.” Blanco is known as one of hip hop’s queer pioneers amassing a vast global following with a savvy and savage social media output. Mykki is hailed online as a digital warrior princess who rules across the underground music scene with mixtapes like Gay Dog Food, cult hits like Kingpinning and sensational videos like Coke White, Starlight, The Initiation, Wavvy, and Haze Boogie Life. Everything Blanco has ever released has been razor sharp, ahead of its time and sometimes deliciously far out. Blanco has toured with Björk, recorded with Tricky and Basement Jaxx. In 2016 Blanco released "MYKKI" her debut album to critical praise. She has also been featured in The New York Times; on the covers of Gay Times as well as The Village Voice; and in Time Magazine, where she discussed what it means to be a musician living openly with HIV. Blanco lives and works internationally, often in Lisbon, Portugal.
Cheryl Dunye emerged as part of the 1990's "queer new wave" of young film and video makers. Dunye has made over 15 films including HBO’s Stranger Inside and her debut film, The Watermelon Woman, recently restored by Outfest’s UCLA Legacy Project for the films’ 20th anniversary. In 2016, Dunye received a Guggenheim Fellowship and became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Presently, Dunye is an assistant professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University, is at work on her next feature film Black Is Blue, and recently joined the directing team of the TV series Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay for OWN. Dunye lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Reina Gossett is an artist and the 2017 Activist In Residence at Barnard College Center for Research on Women (BCRW). While at BCRW, she recently directed The Personal Things, an animated short starring iconic trans activist Miss Major and the everyday ways people fight back. Gossett often makes her art through collaboration. Along with Sasha Wortzel, Gossett directed Happy Birthday, Marsha! about legendary performer and activist Marsha P. Johnson. Gossett is an editor of the anthology TRAP DOOR about trans art and cultural production, to be published by the New Museum and MIT Press in October 2017. A longtime community organizer, Gossett worked as the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Critical Resistance, Queers for Economic Justice, where she directed the Welfare Organizing Project and produced A Fabulous Attitude, documenting low income LBGT New Yorkers. Gossett moderated Visual AIDS’ 2015 event AGING FIERCELY WHILE TRANS and was a featured artist in Visual AIDS’ Playsmart safer sex kit project, exhibited and distributed in The Brooklyn Museum exhibition Agitprop. Gossett lives and works in New York City, NY.
Thomas Allen Harris is an award-winning director and President of Chimpanzee Productions, Inc. a company dedicated to producing unique audio-visual experiences that illuminate the human condition and the search for identity, family and spirituality, including feature length films, performances and live multimedia productions. Harris is a prolific gay artist who has shown at the Whitney Biennial and won Guggenheim and Sundance fellowships. Harris has recently shown in the AfroPoP series produced by the National Black Programming Consortium at PBS. His personal and innovative films- Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014), Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela (2005), E Minha Cara/That’s My Face (2001), VINTAGE-Families of Value (1995) have received critical acclaim at International film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, FESPACO, Outfest, Flaherty, Cape Town and Melbourne Arts Festival. Harris lives and works in New York City, NY.
Kia LaBeija is a contemporary artist who provokes awareness, acceptance and activism for HIV/AIDS through her portraiture and performance art. Her work explores the intersections of community, politics, fine art and activism. As a visual artist she stages digital portraits as theatrical and cinematic re-imaginings of non fictional events to spark conversation, complicating the way we view her subjects and the spaces they occupy. LaBeija’s portraiture utilizes the medium of story telling, to preserve histories and make sociopolitical commentaries on current events. LaBeija was a featured artist in Art, AIDS, America, alongside Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe and more; she was the only woman of color; the only woman living with HIV; and the only artist born with HIV included in the exhibition. A performer by nature, LaBeija is a member of the Iconic House of LaBeija and uses Voguing as performance practice and community based work. LaBeija lives and works in New York City, NY.
Tiona Nekkia McClodden is a curator, visual artist, and filmmaker whose work explores and critiques issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary. Themes examined in McClodden's films and works have been re-memory and more recently narrative biomythography, and shared ideas, values, and beliefs within the African Diaspora—what she calls, “Black mentifact.” McClodden’s work is interested in exploring intersubjectivities within Black communities as a tool for creating insider perspectives within film, time based works, and objects. McClodden lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.
Brontez Purnell has been publishing, performing, and curating in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is the author of Fag School, The Cruising Diaries and Johnny Would You Love Me If . . . (My Dick Were Bigger), the frontman for his band “The Younger Lovers,” and founder of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company (BPDC). The company’s founders, Brontez Purnell and Sophia Wang, build works that combine punk rock subversion, free jazz improvisation and a company comprised of movers and artists of all disciplines. Purnell has recently turned from music and dance to writing in order to use his own sex life and his incisive voice as an artist living with HIV to paint a vivid portrait of a sex life in the San Francisco Bay Area now. His new illustrated book, The Cruising Diaries, continues Purnell’s tradition of DIY literary and performing art. Purnell lives and works in Oakland, CA.
Ellen Spiro is an Emmy-award winning indie filmmaker whose work champions mavericks and renegades with wit, inventiveness, and emotional depth. Her critically acclaimed documentaries include Diana's Hair Ego, Greetings From Out Here, Roam Sweet Home, Atomic Ed & the Black Hole, Are the Kids Alright?, Troop 15OO, Fixing the Future and Body of War, shortlisted for an Academy Award. Spiro received fellowships from Guggenheim, Fulbright, Rockefeller and National Endowment for the Arts. Spiro’s films are housed in permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Peabody Collection of The Paley Center for Media and the New York Public Library. Spiro is currently a Fulbright Fellow and Professor of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas in Austin.
Erin Christovale is the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. She is currently organizing Made in L.A. 2018 with Anne Ellegood at the Hammer Museum.
Vivian Crockett is a NY-based independent researcher, scholar, and curator focusing largely on art of African diasporas, (Afro)Latinx diasporas, and Latin America at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University whose dissertation examines artistic practices and discourses in Brazil in the sixties and seventies. Her scholarly and cultural work seeks to assert a radically political analysis of modern and contemporary art and to foster the remembrance and visioning of cultural spaces that merge a commitment to artistic and cultural production with sociopolitical justice and collective liberation. She is the 2017-18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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