The Visual AIDS Vanguard Awards (VAVA) recognize the achievements and contributions of people who reinforce the culture, history, and mission of Visual AIDS as embodied by arts patrons, arts workers and especially artists themselves. We honor their commitment to AIDS advocacy, education, prevention, and their support of artists with HIV/AIDS. The Bill Olander Award is a VAVA presented to an artist or arts worker living with HIV, and is named in honor of the late New Museum curator and co-founder of Visual AIDS.
Frank Jump, Wendy Olsoff & Penny Pilkington and Sean Strub
Presented by Rosario Dawson, Martha Wilson and Edwin Bernard
VAVA VOOM hosted by John Fugelsang on May 14 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation
Performances by Joey Arias and Daniel Isengart
Music by DAIN (Audio Elements) & Stadenco (Verboten)
Silent Auction of artwork by Dotty Attie, Frank Jump, Wilson Hand Kidde, Annette Lemieux, Duane Michals, Hunter Reynolds, Eric Rhein, Thomas Ruff, Steed Taylor, Spencer Tunick, James Welling, Thomas Woodruff, and Lynne Yamamoto
Geoffrey Hendricks, Brent Sikkema and Richard Renaldi
Presented by William Pope.L, Hilton Als, and Lesley A. Martin
VAVA VOOM hosted by John Fugelsang on May 16 at The Park.
Performances by Justin Vivian Bond with Nath Ann Carrera, and Phoebe Legere. Music by DJ Senti-mental. "Fair and Honest Appraisals" by The Bumbys.
Mary Ellen Carroll and John Kelly
Presented by David Joselit and Philip Yenawine
VAVA VOOM hosted by Nona Hendryx on May 25 at Avenue
Performances by Joey Arias, Joseph Keckler with Dan Bartfield, and Christopher Tanner with Lance Cruce. Music by DJ Bill Coleman
Nayland Blake, Douglas Crimp and Hunter Reynolds
Presented by David Deitcher, Nicholas Baume and Chrysanne Stathacos.
STRIKE III! Bowling Benefit with Mistress of Ceremonies Karen Finley on May 11 at 300 NEW YORK. Music by DJ Julia Jacquette
Yoko Ono and Tony Feher
STRIKE II! Bowling Benefit on May 19 at 300 NEW YORK. Music by DJ Little Jukka
Joy Episalla & Carrie Yamaoka, Nancy Spero and Stephen Andrews
Presented by Barbara Hughes, Lesley Dill and Glenn Ligon
STRIKE! Bowling Benefit on May 21 at 300 NEW YORK. Muisc by DJ Little Jukka AKA Nayland Blake and DJ Cur8tr AKA Edwin Ramoran
Barton Lidice Benes
Presented by Rosie Perez
Lost & Found Benefit, Pier 63 Maritime
Performance by John Kelly and Zecca Esquibel