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Collaborative Projects

Collaborative Projects

One of the essential factors of Visual AIDS has been working collaboratively with artists, museums, art institutions, AIDS service organizations, schools, universities, and the general public.

Artist Edition Broadsides, 2005-present
In 2005 Visual AIDS brought back brought back a series of AIDS awareness broadsides targeting our diverse communities and examining issues of harm reduction, HIV prevention, education, and AIDS awareness. Collaborating artists include: Nayland Blake, Curtis Carman, John Chaich, Joe De Hoyos, Neil Farber, Deborah Grant, Derek Jackson, Chris Johanson, Erik Hanson, Kate Huh, Lou Laurita, Nancer LeMoins, Noah Lyons, Michael Mitchell, J. Morrison, Carrie Moyer, Amy Jean Porter, William Powhida, Hunter Reynolds, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Wu Ingrid Tsang and others.

Web Gallery, 1999-present
Each month, Visual AIDS launches a new Web Exhibition, curated by curated by representatives from the arts and AIDS communities. Past curators include: Mike Albo (writer/performer), Rocio Aranda-Alvarado (Jersey City Museum), Nayland Blake (artist/curator), Ted Bonin (Alexander and Bonin), AA Bronson (artist), Brian Clamp (Clamp Art), Durk Dehner & Sharp (Tom of Finland Foundation), Julia Gruen (Keith Haring Foundation) Mark Hughes (Galerie Lelong), David Humphrey (artist/curator), Reed Massengill (writer/photographer), Billy Miller (artist/publisher/curator), Ernesto Pujol (artist), Edwin Ramoran (curator), Richard Renaldi (photographer), Monya Rowe (Monya Rowe Gallery), Bruce Silverstein (Silverstein Photography), Tom Viola (Broadway Cares), Jonathan Weinberg (writer/artist) and many others.

NOT OVER / Red Ribbon, 2011
To mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Red Ribbon in 1991 by the Visual AIDS Artists' Caucus, we've commissioned four artists, A.K. Burns, John Chaich, Joe De Hoyos, and Avram Finkelstein to design NOT OVER buttons, as a reminder that after 30 years, AIDS is NOT OVER. Ribbon Reds were organized throughout NYC at schools, The LGBT Center, GMHC, a silent Buddhist Retreat, and at peoples homes to assemble the red ribbons and buttons. Beginning on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011 over 10,000 NOT OVER buttons and red ribbons were distributed across New York City and beyond.

Untitled, 2011
For Day With(out) Art, December 1, 2011, Visual AIDS collaborated with Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz and Encke King to distribute Untitled at over 65 locations nationwide.

Here We Are: FIAR Open House, 2011
Visual AIDS collaborates with the Fire Island Artist Residency program to present an open house and reception featuring the 2011 FIAR artists-in-residence: Travis Boyer, Ryan Brewer, Elijah Burgher, A.K. Burns and Katherine Hubbard.

Last Address, 2010
For Day With(out) Art, December 1, 2010, Visual AIDS collaborated Ira Sachs to distribute Last Address, which screened at Tate Modern, Whitney, New Museum, Museum of Art & Design, El Museo del Barrio, The Getty, Andy Warhol Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of Sex, Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Rachel Uffner Gallery, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Grey Art Gallery at NYU, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Union Gallery at University of Arizona, Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU, The LGBT Center of NYC and Bloomberg.

I Talk Because..., 2009
The New York City Council, together with HIV/AIDS organizations across the five boroughs, launched, I Talk Because..., a YouTube-based HIV/AIDS awareness campaign that began on World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2009. Watch Visual AIDS Talks about HIV/AIDS because ... here.

The Robert Blanchon Project, Estate of Robert Blanchon, 2003-2009
Visual AIDS, in partnership with the estate of Robert Blanchon, began archiving the work that comprises the Robert Blanchon catalogue. The presentation of Robert's work is rooted in Visual AIDS' mission to ensure the legacy of visual artists with HIV and work to secure their place in art history. Robert, who died in 1999 after working prodigiously as an artist, professor, arts administrator, and provocateur, has always been at the center of those artists whose work was influential, timely, important, and threatened to be forgotten. The Robert Blanchon catalogue is presented so that his wide-ranging practice might be contemplated anew. The Robert Blanchon Project culminated in the exhibitions "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real): The work of Robert Blanchon" at the Fales Library and Special Collection in 2009. Blanchon's work and papers are now preserved and available for viewing at the Fales Library and Special Collection at NYU.

HIV Plus, 2008
Visual AIDS and HIV Plus collaborate on World AIDS Day 2008 project, including "Art For Everyone, Art Forever" article by Benjamin Ryan, featuring several Visual AIDS artist members in the Nov/Dec issue of HIV Plus. The Health+Spirit+Culture+Life Web Gallery feature in November and December, click here to view.

The Art of AIDS Prevention, 2007-2009
The Art of AIDS Prevention is a project conceived by Dr. Paul Sendziuk of The University of Adelaide, Australia, and produced in collaboration with Visual AIDS. It investigates the way in which people living with HIV/AIDS, and the communities most affected by the disease, have been represented in cultural media in Australia and the United States. Through this Web site and a series of publications, exhibitions and conferences, the project aims to raise awareness about the crucial role of artists in fighting AIDS.

Art From The HIV Community Calendar, sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, 2005-2007
Working with Visual AIDS, artwork was selected through the Frank Moore Archive Project. Each calendar represents the work of 13 professional artists working in various media, including painting, photography, collage, and printmaking.

Design Ignites Change, class at Parsons The New School for Design, 2006
Students from Design Ignites Change class visited Visual AIDS in September for a lecture and discussion about art, sustainability, and AIDS activism. These extraordinary young designers, lead by instructor Ursula Barbour created some amazing HIV-prevention projects informed by the mission and history of Visual AIDS.

AIDS Awareness Poster Contest, School of Visual Arts, 2006
Visual AIDS and SVA collaborated on an AIDS Awareness poster contest in which students were encouraged to design and create an 8.5" x 11" poster that examines issues of HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness. The entries were judged by Amy Sadao and Joy Episalla. The winner's design was printed and distributed by Visual AIDS.

Share Your Vision, Exhibition, Catalogue & Calendar, Sponsored by Roche, 2003
The Share Your Vision art competition was launched by Visual AIDS with funding from Roche. The 23 prize-winning works of Share Your Vision were exhibited at Artists Space and included in an accompanying catalogue.
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Fight AIDS, not Iraq, Visual AIDS and Housing Works, postcards 2003
Visual AIDS teamed up with the AIDS advocacy team at Housing Works to produce a postcard piece that compared the money spent bombing Iraq with the cost of providing services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Women of Visual AIDS, The Body, launched 2002
The Body hosts an online gallery of artwork by a selection of female members of Visual AIDS; women who have incorporated their HIV status into their lives and employ its power to help them express themselves.

LIFESIGNS, Angie Eng & Simon Ransom, 2002
Incorporates public art and HIV prevention for youth in rural Ethiopia. The teams completed over seven murals in three Ethiopian towns since June 2002.

Frame by Frame Fierce (Shawn Atkins & Luna Luis Ortiz), Video Tape, 2001
Four animated HIV/AIDS awareness public-service announcements directed towards at-risk youth, that was conceived, developed, and created through a workshop process with a diverse group of 16-21 year olds -- including gay, bisexual, transgender, HIV-infected and affected, African-American, white and Latino youth. The young people explored issues around HIV/AIDS focusing on the difficulties youth face in protecting themselves. They created artworks expressing their fears, ideas and experiences regarding safer sex. Videotapes were distributed to various schools, art institutions, and AIDS service organizations. Details at

SIDA Grafico, a project of Hispanic AIDS Forum, Greeting Cards, 2001
A series of greeting cards produce with artwork by HIV+ Hispanic artists, including: Abnel Rodriguez, Freddy A. Borges, Rubin Gonzalez, Danny Vazquez, and others. Organized by Carlos Molina.

Positively Art Calendar, sponsored by Abbott Laboratories, 1998-2001
Over four years, Visual AIDS produced a yearly calendar, sponsored by Abbott Laboratories. The calendar was produced through a national open call to all HIV-positive artists. View the 2001 calendar at:

Reflections, Folk Art Museum and La Guardia High School of the Arts, since 2000
The Folk Art Museum sponsors an annual Visual AIDS artist talk and presentation to the students of La Guardia High School creative writing class. After returning to La Guardia, the students draw on this experience to create their own poetry. Publication is sponsored by William Louis-Dreyfus. Artists have included: Michael Ransom (1998), Rubin Gonzales (1999), Fredrick Weston (2000 & 2004), Luna Luis Ortiz (2001), Clifford Smith (2002), Kenneth Mitchell (2003), and Albert Velasco (2005).

Bearing Witness, Thomas McGovern, book published by Visual AIDS and A.R.T. Press, 1999
This collection of black and white photographs explores the devastating, and sometimes beautiful truths of the AIDS pandemic in the United States. McGovern's project covers the 10-year period from 1987-1997, a time of intense AIDS activism, which had forced the pandemic into the cultural and political dialogue.

Virtual Collection, The Estate Project, 1998
Launching of the Virtual Collection comprised more than 3,000 digital images of work created by over 150 artists with HIV/AIDS. Images are drawn primarily from the Archive Project of Visual AIDS, as well as from Visual AIDS Boston, Visual AIDS (San Francisco), and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

Day With(out) Art Posters and Broadsides, 1990-1998
Visual AIDS produced a series of posters and broadsides from 1990-1998 for distribution across the United States. In many places, the pinning up of the poster was a statement in and of itself. Posters and broadsides were collaboratively created by various artists and designers, including: Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon, John Giorno, Frank Moore, Andrian Kellard, Adamo Yuri Melaney, Roberto Juarez, Thomas McGovern, Frank Franca, Harvey Weiss, Leslie Sharpe, Yarrott Benz, Joy Episalla, William Cullum, Steed Taylor, Mike Parker, Copy Berg, Bradford Branch, and others.

The Time Capsule, MoMA, 1997
Time Capsule marked the 10th International World AIDS Day and was organized by the Museum of Modern Art's Department of Education, Visual AIDS, Creative Time, and London based ArtAIDS. This project documented participant's thoughts on AIDS and HIV. These views were submitted to the Museum's Education Center on December 1 and 2, 1997. Messages and images have also been collected via the site's online form and were sealed in the Time Capsule on January 30, 1998.

+Gram/Postivgramma, artists' postcard project, produced by Carlos Molina, 1996

Day With(out) Art Web Action, Creative Time, Web Project, 1995
Creative Time, in collaboration with artnetweb, announced the Day With(out) Art Web Action 1995. In this digital observance, over one hundred participating sites featured the Day With(out) Art logo (designed by Visual AIDS) in their homepage, which was then hyperlinked to Web Action 1995. Designed by G.H. Hovagimyan, the site featured an animation of poetry by John Giorno, digital versions of four AIDS-related broadsides courtesy of Visual AIDS, and links to other AIDS/HIV sites.

Andres & Tony, Gene Fellner, publication by Visual AIDS GLF Occasional, 1995

We Interrupt this Program ..., Creative Time, Television Broadcast, 1992-1993
We Interrupt this Program ..., a live national television broadcast created for World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art. The program combined live performances by distinguished artists, including Diamanda Galas, Ron Vawter, David Rousseve, Pierce Turner, and Pamela Sneed, with pieces by young performers, pre-taped artists' materials, and live on-air contributions from artists and activists in cities across the country; Directed by Charles Atlas, Director and produced by Robin Schanzenbach, Mary Ellen Strom, and Barbara Tsumagari, Producers. Interactive and unpredictable, We Interrupt ... fused the energy and exposure of live performance with the immediacy of the AIDS crisis and the urgency of AIDS education. The program aired in NYC on WNET-13 and WNYC-31, as well as public television and public access stations across the country. We Interrupt This Program ... was a joint project of Creative Time, BMCC/CUNY, Deep Dish TV, Visual AIDS, and WYBE TV35, Philadelphia.

Every Ten Minutes, Audiotape created by Robert Farber, 1991
In the audiotape the sound of a bell tolls once every 10 minutes, representing the 1991 statistic in which every 10 minutes someone dies of AIDS. The recording was made in the bell tower of The Riverside Church. Every Ten Minutes was created as a Visual AIDS project for DWA.

Moment Without Television, Bravo, 1991
In a 60-second spot for a Public Service announcement, screens went black on 31 cable channels after the statement that every eight minutes a life is lost to AIDS.

The Ribbon Project, Visual AIDS Artists Caucus, 1991
The (red) Ribbon Project was created in 1991 by the Visual AIDS Artists Caucus, a group of artists who wished to create a visual symbol to demonstrate compassion for people living with AIDS and their caregivers. Later, collaborating with Broadway Cares, the first ribbon was worn publicly by Jeremy Irons at the 1991 Tony Awards. The ribbon soon became renowned as an international symbol of AIDS awareness.

Night Without Light, organized by George Calderaro, since 1990
On December 1 from 7:45PM - 8:00PM several major NYC buildings and landmarks turned off their lights to commemorate World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art, including: The Empire State Building, World Trade Center, Rockefeller Center, United Nations Building, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Woolworth Building, New York Life Building, MetLife Tower, Trump Palace, Con Edison Building, Grand Central Terminal, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, George Washington Bridge, and others.

AIDS TIMELINE, Group Material, 1990
Sections of Group Material's AIDS TIMELINE was presented as a collaborative project with Visual AIDS for DWA in 1990 and was reproduced in the December issues of Afterimage, Art & Auction, Art in America, Art New England, Artforum, Arts, Contemporanea, high Performance, October, Parkett, and Shift.

Electric Blanket, Public Slide Project, since 1990
ELECTRIC BLANKET is an epic slide show about AIDS, which intersperses the work of over 100 photographers with slide texts that include demographics, data, and slogans about AIDS worldwide. Created by Allen Frame, Frank Franca, and Nan Goldin, it was first projected Dec. 1, 1990, on the facade of Cooper Union in New York City as a Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art project and subsequently has toured, with updates and revisions, throughout the United States and in many foreign countries, including Russia, Japan, Norway, Finland, Germany, England, Scotland, and Hungary. Usually presented in art spaces and museums, but also in schools, churches, outdoor spaces, and nightclubs, it has received funding from the NEA, CECArtslink, and many other sources.

Day With(out)Art, beginning 1989
Day With(out) Art (DWA) began on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Organized by Visual AIDS, DWA was the first large scale AIDS awareness campaign utilizing the art world to make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and to inspire positive action. Some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day With(out) Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations, libraries, high schools, and colleges take part.

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