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Winter 2003/2004

happy 2004
2003 exhibitions
projects and programs
history on the BBC
grants & services
new archive members
special thanks


member news
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recent exhibitions


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Visual AIDS Happy 2004 From Visual AIDS

We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. So much has happened in 2003, and we are looking forward to all the possibilities that 2004 brings. On the heels of the glowing reception of the 2004 Share Your Vision calendar's distribution, we continue to work on an additional venue for the exhibition. Lightbox, new and improved, is being installed this week at the Community Art Gallery of Penn State Altoona (through March 15, 2003).

With office interns Annatasha and Larissa and faithful volunteers Clifford and Noel we're working to keep pace with needs of the Frank Moore Archive Project. Materials Grants for the last round (deadline was December 31, 2003) are being distributed to 16 Archive Member artists on low incomes.

This is a season for deep breathing after an end of the year sprint. It is also a time for planning and assessing. As we look forward to building new projects, we wanted to see what 2003 was all about, and share it with you now.

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Visual AIDS 2003 Visual AIDS Exhibitions

Share Your Vision campaign planning started in February with a national call for artists with HIV/AIDS. By mid-June Visual AIDS had received close to 200 entries and had brought together a jury of 5 renowned arts professionals and physician who selected 23 works by 21 artists. Exhibition planning and catalogue preparation were undertaken simultaneously through the summer and early fall culminating an exhibition opening at Artists Space on October 23 (on view through November 1, 2003) attended by 700 guests. Share Your Vision went on-line in November. With funding from Roche, a 2004 calendar and postcard portfolio was produced and distributed in December in observance of World AIDS Day.

lightbox: the traveling exhibition Lightbox: The Traveling Exhibition
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Lightbox: The Traveling Exhibition of the Frank Moore Archive Project was on view at the Newark Academy in New Jersey from January to February. From March-May it was installed at the Jersey City Museum. Over the summer a new set of lightboxes was completely redesigned and rebuilt by Cooper Union art student, Julie Nagle. The stunning new Lightbox was unveiled at Artists Space, displayed concurrently with Share Your Vision.

related exhibitions Related Exhibitions
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Related Exhibitions
Visual AIDS is an important resource for curators. 2003 was the year of some amazing exhibitions and collaborations that came out of a curators' touring through the Archive:

RELEASE at MoCADA in Brooklyn. Curated by Sally Block and Laurie Cumbo. Visual AIDS Artists include: Mark Carter, Derek Jackson, Edwin Lacend, Joyce McDonald, Kenneth Mitchell, Clifford Smith and Frederick Weston. October 17, 2003 - January 3, 2004

DL: The "Down Low" in Contemporary Art at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos in the Bronx. Curated by Edwin Ramoran. Archive Members: Binga, Derek Jackson, Luna Luis Ortiz, Steed Taylor, and Jorge Veras among others. September 29, 2003 - November 15, 2003

Weather Report: Artists living with HIV/AIDS at the Montgomery County Council for the Arts in Mount Sterling, Kentucky in February and traveling to the Jewish Community Center in Louisville, Kentucky in September. Curated by Craig Bunting. Artists include Stephen Andrews, Robert Braddock, Mark Carter, John Dugdale, Rebecca Guberman, Leslie Kaliades, Tara Popick, Erick Rhein and Steed Taylor.

HOWL! The East Village Festival featured slides from several archive artists, curated by James Romberger. The outdoor festival took place in Tompkin's Square Park, New York in August.

Pandemic: Facing AIDS, a project of Umbrage Press and Moxie Firecracker, released its photography book in 2003. Edited by Lesley Martin, it includes artwork by Bruce Cratsley, John Dugdale, Sunil Gupata, Edward Lightner, Albert Winn, David Wojnarowicz, Richard Renaldi, and a reproduction of a Visual AIDS slide sheet, with slides by Luis Carle, Robert Blanchon, Luna Luis Ortiz, Tseng Kwong Chi, Mark Morrisroe, JD Talasek, Per Eidspjeld, Bern Boyle, Steed Taylor, Robert Flack, Jimmy DeSanna, Larry Eades, John Lesnick, Felix Gonzalez-Torrres, Rebecca Guberman, Michael Borosky, John Enstrom, Frank Green, W. Benjamin Incertil and David Kruger. The exhibition, which includes a special lightbox with slides of photographers from the Archive, has been touring since 2002. For more info, please visit

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Visual AIDS Visual AIDS Projects and Programs

The Robert Blanchon Estate Project began in April 2003 with funding from The Judith Rothschild Foundation as a collaboration between Visual AIDS and the Estate of Robert Blanchon, with the goal of creating a catalogue and exhibition of Blanchon's work.

Fight AIDS, Not Iraq postcard campaign, produced in collaboration with Housing Works. The free postcards compared the money spent bombing Iraq with the cost of providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

E-cards about Love, Sex and Pride went up on our Web site in February and June. New e-cards are on-line. You can still send one out at:

2003 Web Galleries featured archive member works as curated by: Eungie Joo, currently Director of REDCAT Gallery at Cal Arts; Magalie Guerin, GV/AS Gallery; Franklin Sirmans, Editor-in-Chief, Art Asia Pacific magazine, curator, and writer; Monya Rowe, Monya Rowe Gallery; Jackson, photographer and independent curator; Thomas Dima, Vice-President, Cable Positive; Sasha Archibald, Director of the Robert Blanchon Estate Project; Durk Dehner and Sharp, Tom of Finland Foundation; Sally Block and Laurie Cumbo; MoCADA.

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Visual AIDS Benefits

A Big Hairy Deal Part Deux, B Bar and Grill, June 16, 2003. Yolanda was the special guest host and performed for 400 guests.

6th Annual Postcards from the Edge, Galerie Lelong, November 16. Over 1200 postcard-sized works by renowned and emerging artists brought out crowds to line the block and raised $27,000 for Visual AIDS.

In December, Next Magazine's Intelligentsia and Will Clark's Twisted XXXmas @ View Bar made Visual AIDS beneficiaries of their parties' proceeds.

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history on the bbc history on the bbc
Visual AIDS History on the BBC

All Out Productions produced a special for BBC Radio 4 that aired in November on the collaborative beginnings of the red ribbon and Visual AIDS. It featured interviews with Amy Sadao, Director; Patrick O'Connell, Director Emeriti; Allen Frame, member of the Visual AIDS Artist Caucus; and Barton Benes, artist and Board Member.

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Visual AIDS Grants & Services to Archive Member Artists

In 2003 Visual AIDS distributed over $16,000 in Artists Materials Grants to 56 events were donated to artists of limited funds. Visual AIDS also assisted several artists with emergency grants.

Volunteer photographers Derek Jackson, Max Greenberg, Oren Slor and Chris Burke Studio facilitated the addition of over 1600 new slides to the Frank Moore Archive Project. Visual AIDS also added 1200 "duped in" from slides provided by Archive Member artists.

Use of the Archive Project can result in professional work for artists, and fee-based opportunities. Combining usage fees for image reproduction, commissions, and the artist prize money from Share Your Vision, The Frank Moore Archive Project at Visual AIDS distributed artists fees of $48,025 in 2003 and facilitated $5,000 in payments to artists.

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Visual AIDS New Archive Members

We welcomed 38 new archive members in 2003, from Hawaii, Texas, Nebraska, Nevada, California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Canada and England, UK!

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Visual AIDS Special Thanks

Visual AIDS is generously funded by: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS; the estate of H. Alan Cheung; The Cowles Charitable Trust; Craft Emergency Relief Fund; Feature Inc.; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Gesso Foundation; The Gramercy Park Foundation; The Mary J. Hutchins Foundation; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; JP Morgan Chase Regrant Program administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; New York Gay Pool League; NYU Community Fund; and Roche as well as artists and individuals and supported year-round by the efforts of volunteers.

2003 was also a year of gifts from, and in the name of, Archive Project artists.

Thank you to Steed Taylor, Barton Benes, Luna Luis Ortiz, William Donovan, and Max Greenberg for naming Visual AIDS as the recipient of their matching grant funds from Share Your Vision.

We recognize the gift from the estate of the late artist and member of the Archive Project, H. Alan Cheung.

Finally, we thank The Gesso Foundation, established by renowned painter, longtime Board Member and co-founder of the Archive Project Frank Moore, for their recent contribution.

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