Events and Actions
The following is a list of Visual AIDS artist talks, panel discussions, event programs, activist actions, happenings, performances, celebrations and benefits.
UNITED IN ANGER: A HISTORY OF ACT UP, directed by Jim Hubbard and hosted by Visual AIDS for the International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. UNITED IN ANGER is a feature-length documentary about ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), a diverse group of people that came together to change the world and save each other's lives. The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of exhilarating major actions with additional information about the historic events that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. Screening: Wed, July 25 at 5:00 PM at the Global Village Screening Room, followed by a discussion with the Jim and Visual AIDS.
Untitled film by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz and Encke King, presented by Visual AIDS at the International AIDS Conference, Global Village, MSMGF Networking Zone, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW, D.C. From July 22-27, 2012.
READING OF THE NAMES The reading of names is a powerful and emotional part of The Names Quilt Experience. As part of the International AIDS Conference in DC, Amy Sadao, will be reading names of artists and friends who we have lost to AIDS on the National Mall at the 8th Street main stage on Tuesday, July 24 between 11:00-11:30 am.
30 Years In, 30 Years Out: AIDS Activism Today presented by Visual AIDS and QUEEROCRACY as part of Carlos Motta's exhibition We Who Feel Differently. July 19 at 7:30 PM, New Museum, NYC. Images and audio of events available here.
UNDETECTABLE -- Artist Talk & Curator Walk
Undetectable curator Nathan Lee will be joined by select participating artists for an informal walkthrough of the exhibition and discussion of the project. Saturday, June 16, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at La MaMa La Galleria, 6 East 1st Street, NYC.
Conversation with Helen Epstein and Kenyon Farrow
As part of Undetectable, join Visual AIDS for a conversation between author Helen Epstein (The Invisible Cure) and writer and activist Kenyon Farrow that will consider the problem of undetectability in relation to epidemiological and political factors. Saturday, June 30, 2:00-3:30 PM at La MaMa La Galleria, 6 East 1st Street, NYC.
Performances by Mary Walling Blackburn and SKOTE
As part of Mary Walling Blackburn's work, Against Tenderness, the artist proposes to collectively translate a work by the pioneering queer theorist Guy Hocquenghem. This event will stage a reading of the completed translation, touching on Hocquenghem's problems with tenderness. SKOTE is a performance collaboration dedicated to the movement arts. Glands is a performance rooted in the relationship between a body and the moments in which it seems to "betray" us, such as in puberty, illness, and aging. Performances are part of Undetectable. Friday, June 29, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at La MaMa La Galleria, 6 East 1st Street, NYC.
Ribbon Bee / Teach In Gathering in Union Square, April 19, in support of the April 25th ACT UP / OCCUPY direct action.
Hashtag HIV: Current AIDS Writing A reading and panel discussion at the 2012 Rainbow Book Fair (March 24) at The Center. It featured Ricky Tucker, Aldrin Valdez, MaxStein, and Chaplin Chris Jones.
NOT OVER: You, Me, Us and AIDS A three-week series of events that looked at the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS. Events include Intergenerational Story Telling (January 21) organized in part with Dan Fishback featuring Eric Rhein, Sur Rodney Sur, Kate Huh, Jack Waters and Hana Malia; a screening of Untitled (January 28), and Living with HIV (February 4) featuring Amy Sadao, Che Gossett Amanda Lugg, Laura Whitehorn and Michael Tikili. NOT OVER was organized by Quito Zeigler, L.J. Roberts and Ted Kerr as part of QuORUM, with support by Visual AIDS and Queerocracy.
Artists Talk: The Sword of Damocles A talk with curator Patrick Webb, Visual AIDS, and a selection of artists featured in the exhibition. The Painting Center, 547 W. 27th St., Suite 500, NYC, Nov. 29 - Dec. 23, 2011. Artist Talk: Thursday, Dec. 15, 6-8 PM.
Untitled screening and discussion hosted by Visual AIDS, Creative Time and the filmmakers at IFC Center on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011. Featuring respondses by Shanti Avirgan, Malik Gaines, Che Gossett and moderated by Nato Thompson.
Rally The Team: Play Smart Talk & Signing -- A panel discussion with artists and community activists about the current score of Safer Sex campaigns, featuring Demetre Daskalakis M.D., Ted Kerr, and Ivan Monforte. Followed by a reception and signing with Play Smart photographers and models, plus a one-night-only exhibition of work by Michael Alago, Mike Harwood, Luna Luis Ortiz and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Click here for more info about Play Smart. Hosted at Leslie/Lohman Museum, NYC on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Here We Are: FIAR Open House -- Visual AIDS presents an open house and reception celebrating the Fire Island Artist Residency program, featuring the 2011 FIAR artists-in-residence: Travis Boyer, Ryan Brewer, Elijah Burgher, A.K. Burns and Katherine Hubbard. Saturday, Aug. 20 from 8 to 9:30 pm, FIAR, Cherry Grove, NY.
Ask Me: Mixed Messages -- An evening of storytelling inspired by the exhibition. Co-hosted by Cammi Climaco and David Crabb with Jim O'Grady, writer (NY Times, NPR); Dan Fishback, performer (thirtynothing); Becca Albee, artist and readings from the letters of Robert Blanchon; and Daisy Rosario, storyteller. Hosted at La MaMa La Galleria. Wednesday June 29 from 7– 9 p.m. Suggested donation.
Mixed Messengers Talk is a panel discussion featuring the creative teams behind recent HIV prevention campaigns, including: Kevin O'Malley of NYC's GayMeth.org and of the WHAT MAKES YOU STRONG? campaign by Stop AIDS Project, San Francisco; Chuck Pollard, Creative Director of L'Oreal Salon Products Division, who recently helped launch the international campaign Hairdressers Against AIDS; and Stephen Karpiak, PhD, Associate Director for Research at the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, who is leading research and campaigns addressing the rise of HIV in the aging community. Moderated by Kenyon Farrow, Co-editor of Letters from Young Activists. Hosted at La MaMa La Galleria. Sunday, June 12 from 4 – 6 PM · Free
Witnessing "Survival AIDS" panel presented by Visual AIDS, hosted by Participant Inc, as part of The Reconfigured City series and on the occasion of Survival AIDS, a major solo exhibition by Hunter Reynolds examining different ways in which HIV/AIDS reconfigured/reconfigures queer identify formation and contemporary visual and performance art. The panel will be preceded by a mummification performance by Hunter Reynolds. Participant Inc. 253 East Houston, NYC. Exhibition: May 1 – June 5, 2011. Panel: Saturday, May 7 from 7:00 – 9:30 PM. View image here or on Facebook.
What Comes Next? Mark Morrisroe, David Wojnarowicz, Marc Lida, Andreas Senser, Bern Boyle, and contemporaries. Visual AIDS and the Fales Library present a symposium considering these artists' responses to living with, and dying from complications due to AIDS. Panelist include Sur Rodney (Sur), Rafael Sanchez, Amy Scholder, and Jonathan Weinberg. Moderated by Dean Daderko. Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU, 70 Washington Square South, NYC. Wednesday, April 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Between the Lines readings by Bill Kushner and Dan Fishback in conjunction with a special viewing of Eric Rhein: Transmutation exhibition at BoxoFFICE, 421 Hudson St #701, NYC. Exhibition: Feb 12- April 9, 2011. Readings: Saturday, April 2, 4-6 PM
To Believe, curated by Jeffery Walkowiak for Visual AIDS, La MaMa La Galleria, NYC. Performance and Screening Series:
Thursday, June 3 from 6 - 9 PM: Performance by Jeanine Oleson and Spirit Tours (Dave Hardy & Siebren Versteeg)
Sunday, June 6, 4 - 6 PM: Screening by Shana Moulton, Ben Judd, Scott Treleaven
Sunday June 13 from 4 - 6 PM: Screening of works by Susan MacWilliam
Sunday June 20 from 4 - 6 PM: Unarius Screening hosted by Bebe Murphy
Sunday June 27 from 4 - 6 PM: Performance by Ben Judd and Blanco & Noiry
"You are Cordially Invited": The Art and Influence of Robert Blanchon
An event discussing Robert Blanchon as a conceptual artist whose work expands and reiterates many of the themes of 1990s art. Through brief presentations and "interviews" with panelists we will explore Blanchon's connection to artists as well as emerging trends in contemporary art.
Lecture series in conjunction with "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real): The Work of Robert Blanchon" at Fales Library & Special Collections, Tuesday January 26, 2010 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Download and view lecture here (if video doesn't play, download RealPlayer free here).
Art or Archive? What Matters to Artists' Estates
This panel will discuss the nature of artists' estates, their placement in archival repositories, copyright issues, and other concerns about the disposition of artists' papers. A discussion among professionals representing legal, artistic, and academic, and other institutional concerns, the evening will explore both the theoretical aspects of how an artistic legacy is maintained and offer practical advice on securing an artist's oeuvre. Lecture series in conjunction with "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real): The Work of Robert Blanchon" at Fales Library & Special Collections, Tuesday February 16, 2010 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Tainted Love Poems, a reading by Gregg Bordowitz, Raquel Gutierrez and Lynne Tillman on Sunday June 14 and Tainted Love: Talk It Out panel discussion with Doug Ashford, Sharon Hayes, José Muñoz, and curators Steven Lam & Virginia Solomon on Sunday, June 21. Both events held at La MaMa La Galleria, NY.
The Heat Is On, benefit performance for Visual AIDS's Tainted Love Exhibition. Hosted by Mike Aldo, and including performances by Justin Bond, Our Lady J, Michael Carbonaro, Lady Rizo, Huxley Vertical Cabaret Nouveau, and The Gay Agenda on June 9 at La Mama The Club, NY.
Perform the Change You Want to See in the World
Art, Street Theater, and HIV Prevention Justice Activism panel, presented by CHAMP & CLAGS. Moderated by Amy Sadao, Visual AIDS; panelist include Avram Finkelstein, Gran Fury/ACT UP NYC and Jenny Romaine, Great Small Works.
Night of 1000 Gowns
Amy Sadao and Nelson Santos are knighted by The Imperial Court of New York at Night of 1000 Gowns for their work with Visual AIDS and art/AIDS community.
AIDS/ART/WORK conference, in collaboration with CLAGS and Dr. Paul Sendzuik, The Graduate Center at CUNY, NY
Diamonds and Pearls: Remembrances and Recent Thinking on the Memorial Dress, Panel Talk with Hunter Reynolds, Lia Gangitano, Alexander Gray, and Simon Watson. Moderated by Benjamin Weil and Amy Sadao. Artists Space, NY
Robert Blanchon book launch and panel discussion with Gregg Bordowitz, Mary Ellen Carroll, Sasha Archibald, and Amy Sadao, Artists Space, NY
Artist Talk: Stephen Andrews, Kendall Campus Art Gallery, Miami Dade College, FL
Visual AIDS Spring Benefit, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, NY
Forces of Nature: The Art and Activism of Frank Moore panel discussion organized by Visual AIDS, in collaboration with SVA, and The Gesso Foundation. Included: Nick Debs, Michael Combs, Thomas Woodruff, Marc Happel, Mary Jo Vath and moderated by Amy Sadao. School of Visual Arts, NY
Artist Talk: Marguerite Van Cook, Williams College Museum of Art, MA
Artist Talk: Albert Velasco, The Folk Art Museum, NY
Artists Talk: Curtis Carman and William Donovan, hosted by SLC Acts Up!, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
A Big Hairy Deal III, Alice Band Salon, NY
Artist Talk: Fredrick Weston, The Folk Art Museum, NY
John Dugdale Talk, School of Visual Arts, NY
A Big Hairy Deal: Part Deux, One Love Wednesdays at B Bar and Grill, NY
A Twisted XXXmas, benefit for Visual AIDS, hosted by Will Clark, View Bar, NY
Artist Talk: Derek Jackson, The Neuberger Museum, NY
Artists Talk: Joyce McDonald, Clifford Smith and Frederick Weston, Yonkers Riverfront Library, NY
Artist Talk: Kenneth Mitchell, The Folk Art Museum, NY
Artists Talk: Luna Luis Ortiz and Derek Jackson, Jersey City Museum, NJ
A Big Hairy Deal, Pioneer Bar, NY
Artist Talk: Eric Rhein, The Neuberger Museum, NY
Artist Presentation: Frederick Weston, GMAD, NY
Artist Talk: Clifford Smith, The Folk Art Museum, NY
Visual AIDS Benefit featuring Daniel Isengart in Concert, 45 Bleecker Theater, NY
Rise Benefit, Hampton Bays, NY
Frame By Frame Fierce, DWA Video Launch, various locations nationally
Artist Talk: Luna Luis Ortiz, The Folk Art Museum, NY
May Day Benefit, The Lure, NY
Night of Guilty Pleasures Benefit, La Maison de Sade, NY
A Day With Artists, Artists Talks, various locations, NY
Artist Talk: Fredrick Weston, The Folk Art Museum, NY
Fiesta del Siglo: Party of the Century Benefit, Roberto Juarez Studio, NY
My Bloody Valentine Benefit, The Lure, NY
Artist Talk: Frank Holliday, Dalton School, NY
Artist Talk: Rubin Gonzales, The Folk Art Museum, NY
Artist Talk: Frank Jump, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Visual AIDS benefit, hosted by Yossi Milo & Chet Holcomb, Studio 24, NY
Hunt Slonem Benefit, New York, NY
Visual AIDS Performance Benefit, The Lure, NY
Artist Talk: Michael Ransom, The Folk Art Museum, NY
Web Action Tours, organized by Creative Time, NY
Provocative Icons, organized by Cooper-Hewitt: The National Design Museum, NY
The Ribbon Cavalcade, Fashion Show and Pride March, NY
We Interrupt This Program ..., Television Broadcast organized by Creative Time, NY
The (red) Ribbon Project, ribbon-bees created by Visual AIDS Artists Caucus, NY
Night Without Light, launched 1990, NY
Electric Blanket, launched 1990, Artists Space, NY
Day Without Art, The first DWA -- organized by Visual AIDS, National Events