AIDS awareness projects initiated by Visual AIDS are currently part of two museum exhibitions. The (red) Ribbon Project created by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in 1991, is now part of the "Humble Masterpieces" exhibition on view until September 27, 2004 at MoMA -- www.moma.org/. "Humble Masterpieces" is a collection of a hundred and twenty-two objects either drawn from the museum's collection or under consideration for acquisition, which represent familiar objects that, though modest in size and price, are indispensable masterpieces of design, deserving of our admiration. It includes one of the original red ribbons. The Institute of Contemporary Art's "The Big Nothing" exhibition includes documentation from the history of Day Without Art. "The Big Nothing" includes over 60 artists and collaborative works, with one section looking at the closed or empty gallery as a recurrent gesture. "The Big Nothing" runs at the ICA, Philadelphia until August 1, 2004. www.icaphila.org
A Hairy Good Time
Save the Date: June 13, 2004 12 noon - 10PM
It's the 3rd annual "A Big Hairy Deal" hair and beauty benefit for Visual AIDS. Expect music, art, and beautiful company. The event will be at Gallery at the Gershwin Hotel and The Alice Band Salon.
If you are interested in volunteering at the event or know hair stylists, make-up artists, manicurists, or masseuses who would be interested in donating their services, contact Visual AIDS at (212) 627-9855.
The Archive Project
Visual AIDS welcomes curators, students, and researchers to utilize The Frank Moore Archive Project. Recently the Archive was accessed by David Duckworth, co-curator of the upcoming "Queer Packaging/Body Commodities" exhibition at WORKS/San Jose, to select artists for the exhibition. Edwin Ramoran, Director of The Longwood Arts Project reviewed the slide library for an upcoming exhibition proposal. Harmony Hammond, artist and professor, borrowed slides to present in a lecture at the University of Arizona. MykHenry, artist and AIDS educator, made a selection of slides for his presentation to Thai youth in conjunction with the International AIDS Conference this June in Bangkok. Maya Winfrey, a New York University graduate student, researched the work of Derek Jackson. Ector Simpson selected the work of David Abbott for display at The LGBT Center. The Foundation News & Commentary Magazine, The Partnership for Family Health, Baltimore City Health Department, Canadian HIV Trials Network, American Red Cross Blood Services and POZ magazine have all recently contacted Visual AIDS regarding images for reproduction. Archive members are encouraged to keep their slides and file updated. The Frank Moore Archive Project is open to the public by appointment.
Our thanks to recent guest curators of the web galleries: Mark Hughes, Associate Director, Galerie Lelong; Susette Min, Associate Curator, The Drawing Center; Marc Lepson, artist; and Ilyse Soutine, artist and publisher of Lab71. Their selections are on view at our website. Upcoming galleries by curators including Bruce Silverstein, Bruce Silverstein Gallery; Brian Clamp, ClampArt; and Photios Giovanis, P.P.O.W.
Robert Blanchon Estate Project Update
After a year of organization and research, the Robert Blanchon Estate Project is currently circulating proposals to potential exhibition partners. Under the direction of Sasha Archibald, Blanchon's works and writings have been prepped for a retrospective exhibition and catalogue raisonne. The Robert Blanchon Estate Project is funded in part by the Judith Rothschild Foundation.
Archive Project Grants
Materials Grants for those on low-incomes are dispersed bi-annually in June and December. To be eligible you must:
- Be a current member of the Frank Moore Archive Project and have shown evidence that you are a working artist.
- Submit an application form www.thebody.com/visualaids/images/grants.pdf by the deadline.
- Have not received a Materials Grant in the past 12 months.
- Agree to report on the use of the grant and show works created with grant funds.
Materials Grants are given as gift certificates for art supplies. The maximum grant is $300. All grants are subject to available funds. Deadline is May 17, 2004 and will be distributed in June. Contact Visual AIDS or download material grant and/or membership forms at www.thebody.com/visualaids/members.html.
Visual AIDS also provides a limited amount of Emergency Grants. Contact us for more details.
A Little Help and a Big Thank You
We say thank you and goodbye to volunteers; Larisa Oleynik, Shiho Honda and Clifford Smith. Thank you for all your dedication and hard work. We will miss all of you dearly. This also means we are looking for new volunteers. We would love your help. If you or a friend could dedicate one day a week or even a couple of hours a month, please contact us. We especially need help with data entry, slide labeling and other special projects. Every little bit helps! Contact Nelson at nsantos@visualAIDS.org or 212.627.9855.