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The Body: The HIV/AIDS Authority
The Body: The HIV/AIDS Authority
Art +
Issue 14
Spring 2001

Welcome to the on-line version of Visual AIDS Archive Project Newsletter. We hope this newsletter will prove informative and entertaining. If you have questions, comments or if you are an HIV+ artist and wish to apply for membership in the Visual AIDS Archive Project (membership is free!), please use the link below to download forms or email us at, or call us at 212.627.9855, fax to 212.627.9815 or write to: 526 W. 26 Street, Room 510, New York, NY 10001.


  Reaching Out: Expanding the Archive Project
  Lightbox: A Traveling Exhibition
  New Book About Artists in the Age of AIDS

  Need Slides?
  Web Update

  Archive News and Events
  In Loving Memory
  Current & Upcoming Archive Member Shows
  Recent Archive Member Shows


Reaching Out: Expanding the Archive Project

We are pleased to announce that Visual AIDS has received a grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Challenge Program in support of Reaching Out, a year-long initiative to expand and update the Archive Project. To receive the DCA Challenge Grant, Visual AIDS must raise $12,500 in matching funds from private sources by June of this year. Reaching Out is being launched to recruit new Archive members particularly from currently under-represented groups. Reaching Out also provides resources for updating the files of members who continue to produce work. This project will allow Visual AIDS to better serve more HIV-positive artists. The new artwork documented through Reaching Out will increase the diversity and quality of the Archive; enlarging our record of the incredible contribution people with HIV/AIDS make to contemporary art. With the Challenge Grant, the DCA recognizes the cultural importance of the Visual AIDS Archive Project. Visual AIDS is currently working to raise the matching funds for this grant. As always, your support and ideas in this effort are welcome.

Lightbox: A Traveling Exhibition

Lightbox: A Traveling Exhibition continues to go strong. The recent Lightbox: a traveling exhibitionexhibitions at Montclair Art Museum and Robeson Art Gallery in New Jersey were great successes and stirred up a lot of interest. Upcoming exhibits include:

The University of Delaware: Recitation Gallery, June 1-13, 2001. Reception June 2, 2001. Click here for more information.

The Fleckenstein Gallery, Towson, MD, June 16-30, 2001. Reception June 16, 5-9pm. Click here for more information.

Artemis Gallery, Seattle, WA, July 6-31, 2001. Reception July 17, 2001.

Exhibitions in New York and New Jersey area are being planned and will be announced soon.

Each Archive member artist is represented in a set of wall-mounted lightboxes by two slides documenting their artwork. In this way, Lightbox displays literally hundreds of artworks in a relatively small space and the whole exhibit can easily travel. The exhibit will continue to be updated as new members join the Archive and as new work by existing members is documented. Lightbox: A Traveling Exhibition is available to schools, community organizations, galleries or any other public venue. If you would like to host a Lightbox exhibition or know someone who might, please contact us at or 212.627.9855.

New Book About Artists in the Age of AIDS

Loss Within Loss: Artists in the Age of AIDS, edited by Edmund White in cooperation with The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS is "a moving collaboration by some of America's most eloquent writers, who supply wry, raging, sorrowful, and buoyant accounts of artist friends and lovers struck down by AIDS." Archive members Joe Brainard, Scott Burton, Robert Farber, Marc Lida, Mark Morrisroe, and David Wojnarowicz are remembered in essays in the anthology.


Photography Workshop. Interested in shooting your own slides, but not sure how? Visual AIDS will demonstrate proper slide documentation; what film to use, proper lighting, exposure, etc. Bring your camera and questions, Thursday, May 10, 3:00-5:00 pm to Visual AIDS, 526 W. 26 St. (between 10th & 11th Aves.) #510, NYC. RSVP suggested. Future workshops to include Resume and Portfolio Presentation, Grant Writing, Gallery Submissions & Web Presentation. What are you interested in? Please contact us with topics and suggestions. or 212.627.9855.

Need Slides?

Visual AIDS offers free photographic documentation of artwork to Archive Project members. This service is provided by professional photographers on a volunteer basis. If you need slide documentation, please contact Visual AIDS for a Slide Request Form -- completing this form will help us organize and arrange photo-documentation more efficiently. Please remember to keep your file updated. Send us current slides of your work and any other relevant materials. The Visual AIDS Archive Project is used by a growing number of curators, researchers and educators and we want to represent you well.

Web Update

The Visual AIDS Web site will be getting a facelift. The new site will be easier to navigate and offer more features to Archive artists and visitors. One such change will be direct links to Archive member's Web sites. If you have a Web page, please e-mail us your URL (, so that we can link up. Also, don't forget to visit our Web Gallery. Web shows are featured for one month and then are available for viewing in the past exhibition archive:


If you are named Tom or Thomas or someone you know is named Tom/Thomas, a memorial is being made April 20-30th on the SUNY-Purchase campus as part of the 2001 Public Art Biennial at the Neuberger Museum. To be a part of the memorial project or for more information, call Steed at 212.627.5402.

Archive News and Events

Barton Benes will have his artwork published by Abram Press -- to be released Fall 2002. His artwork was also used to illustrate the cover for POZ magazine, April 2001.

Frank Jump will give a Brooklyn Walking Tour April 29, 2-4 pm. Contact the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center at 718.486.7372 for more info.

Elliot Linwood's photoraphs have been collected by the San Francisco Arts Commission and the SF Public Library's Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center.

Joyce McDonald was part of the AIDS program Chillin' Fields that aired on BCAT Cable Channel 35. Her CD His Wonderful is also available.

Robert Miles Parker was featured in A&U Magazine, March 2001.

J.D. Talasek recently had five prints purchased by the Bibliotheque Nationle de France, for its permanent collection.

Albert Winn was selected as part of the ICP Web exhibit "Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self."

Body Positive magazine featured Nora Wallower in its February issue and Edwin Lacend and Nancer LeMoins in April.

In Loving Memory

We remember Sam Orwen, founding member and President of Art AIDS Awareness Foundation and Visual AIDS' member, died Feb. 16, 2001. He will be greatly missed.

Current and Upcoming Archive Member Shows

Laurence YoungArtist's Showcase, NHApril 3 - 27, 2001

Laurence Young  

Lawrence Young

Frank Holliday
DCMoore Gallery, NYApril 4 - May 5, 2001
Patrick WebbRC Fine Arts, NJApril 7 - May 2, 2001
Patrick Webb

  Patrick Webb

Michael MooreNew Vision Gallery, KYopens April 9, 2001
Richard TreitnerThe Living Seed Art Gallery, NYApril 13 - May 31, 2001
Jason DeneaultCambridge Center, MAApril 19 - May 10, 2001
Stephen ClarkArt Students League, NYApril 30 - May 5, 2001

Stephen Clark  

Stephen Clark

Tim Lonergan"Fish Out of Water" Public Art Exhibit, MDMay - Oct., 2001
Chuck NanneyDebs & Co, NYMay 24 - June 30, 2001
TRETAAP Gallery, PAJune 1 - July 7, 2001


David SpiherBarbara Anne Levy Gallery, Fire Island, NYJune 1 - 24, 2001
Barton BenesAldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, CTJune 3 - Sept 9, 2001

Recent Archive Member Shows

  • Barton Lidice Benes @ State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

  • Robert Blanchon @ Betty Rymer Gallery

  • Joe Brainard @ Berkeley Art Museum

  • Scott Burton @ Wexner Center for the Arts

  • John Dugdale @ Elizabeth Harris Gallery

  • Frank Green @ Nexus Foundation

  • Edwin Lacend @ Banco Popular

  • Joyce McDonald @ The Church of the Open Door

  • Preston McGovern @ Mascott Studio

  • Michael Moore @ New Vision Gallery

  • Luna Luis Ortiz @ Dakota Roadhouse

  • Eric Rhein @ Froelick Gallery

  • David Spiher @ Secret Ingredient

  • Richard Treitner @ Belsky Art Society

  • TRET @ Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art & Butler Institute of American Art

  • Martin Wong @ PPOW

  • Barton Lidice Benes, Bern Boyle, Luis Carle, Peter Cherone, Michael Colgan, William Cullum, John Dugdale, Alex Greenfield, Edgard Guanipa, Jerry Hooten, Leslie Kaliades, Doug Kenney, Nancer LeMoins, Joseph Magliaro, Joyce McDonald, Preston McGovern, Ricardo Morin, Mike Parker, Carlos Perez, Tara Popick, Joseph Stabilito, Ferenc Suto, Richard Treitner, Nora Wallower, David Wojnarowicz, and Martin Wong @ Lightbox Exhibit, Robeson Gallery, NJ

Archive Member Show Listings

If you are an archive member and would like to have your shows listed in this newsletter, please send an announcement to Visual AIDS. Support your fellow archive members by attending gallery openings and other related events!


For more information about any of these opportunities, please use the contact info listed. Please do not contact Visual AIDS.


Aljira Emerge 2001, is an artist development program designed to provide practical and timely career advice for emerging artists. The program consists of twelve seminars, conducted by specialists in the field, at appropriate locations throughout the greater metropolitan area (New Jersey and New York). The seminars will culminate in a curated exhibition of the participants' artwork. For application contact Aljira, P.O. Box 7506, Newark, NJ 07107 973.643.6877, Deadline mid-July.


NURTUREart Non-Profit, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to helping promising, career-track visual artists, creating fine art in all styles and media, to support themselves exclusively from the sale of their artwork. Currently, NURTUREart assists primarily by organizing juried group shows at host exhibition sites in the New York City metropolitan area. For more information visit or contact NURTUREart, 160 Cabrini Blvd. PH 134 NY, NY 10033.


The Watershed Workshop for People with AIDS, is an eight day summer workshop, June 5-12, that explores images of personal and collective healing through the use of clay, drawing, painting and mask making. Contact: Watershed, 19 Brick Hill Rd, Newcastle, ME 04553, 207.882.6075,, or Deadline May 1, 2001.


"Pride," Gay Art Gallery in Washington D.C. is accepting submission of art in any medium, for consideration for its upcoming online group exhibit on the theme of Pride. Email images to or contact Gay Art Gallery, P.O. Box 14044, Washington DC 20044.


"Breaking Through the Walls of Bias," Hofstra University, NY. Open call for art and literature by survivors of AIDS, sexual abuse, domestic violence, mental illness and other disabilities. Contact Survivors Art Foundation, P.O. Box 383, Westhampton, NY 11977, or Deadline June 30, 2001.


Gay Men's Health Crisis, has created an Art Gallery on the 9th floor of their Chelsea headquarters. They will showcase works of artists living with and affected by HIV/AIDS on a local, national and international level. Volunteers are needed to curate and take leadership roles in this project. Please contact Jeff Rindler, Assistant Director of Volunteers at 212.367.1018.


Current Works International Photography Exhibition. Juror Steven Yates, Museum of Fine Arts, NM. For info send SASE to SCP, Box 32284, Kansas City, MO 64171 or Deadline June 1, 2001.


A nationally respected nonprofit art organization, that accepts submissions on an ongoing basis. Send 10 slides, slide sheet, resume and SASE to No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory, PO Box 581696, Minneapolis, MN 55458. For more information visit:


The Rotunda Gallery seeks submissions that address concepts related to the physical interaction between viewer and artwork. Open to artists who live, work or were born in Brooklyn. Submit 5-10 slides, slide list, description and SASE to Interaction, Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718.875.4047, Deadline May 11, 2001.


19th Annual National juried Exhibition open to all media. Juror, Lisa Dennison of the Guggenheim Museum, NY. For prospectus, send SASE to Pleiades Gallery, 530 West 25 St. 4th Fl, NY, NY 10001. Deadline May 19, 2001.


Bromfield Art Gallery, invites artists to apply for solo and group visiting artists' exhibitions. For information, Send SASE to Bromfield Art Gallery, 560 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118. Deadline August 15, 2001.



If you are an Archive Project member on a low income and in need of art supplies you may apply for an Artists Material Grant. Grants are awarded quarterly and based on economic need. The next round of grants will be awarded in June. Please contact us for an application.


Haniko Chiba, Jeremy Fain, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Kanakis Studio, Mark Luttrell, Joseph Magliaro, Preston McGovern, Andrea Singer, Oren Slor, Joseph Traina, Albert Velasco, Jean Vong and all the other volunteers and photographers who have so generously given their time and support!

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Visual AIDS
526 W. 26th Street #510
New York, NY 10001
212.627.9855 | fax 212.627.9815
Christopher J. Hogan, Executive Director
Nelson Santos, Assistant Director