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i m m o r t a l i t y  . . .
c u r a t o r :    f r a n k l i n  s i r m a n s

As someone who came of adolescent age in the mid-80s, the AIDS crisis is something that has been a part of my life since I was able to think about myself functioning in the world. The cocoon of familiarity that is a part of most high school lives was about to give way to the ideas that accompany leaving home and making a way in the world. Yet the AIDS crisis continues, a fabric of our lives. This selection looks on a wide range of subjects with some variations on the themes of landscape and portraiture, people making their way in the world, staking a claim and just plain living life.

Curating a show from the vast trove of Visual AIDS' Archive was simultaneously disheartening to feel the pain; and fulfilling for the feeling of joy in the creation of poignant and incisive artworks. From Rene Santos' photograph of 1979 to the acrylic on canvas work of Christopher Trujillo, I selected a range of artworks that tell stories in and of their moment, like all good art does. There are big names like Frank Moore and Paul Thek and artists I knew little about whose work is deserving of wider attention. May this exhibition spur such opportunities for the body of the artists' work and the fortunate viewers.

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Franklin Sirmans is a freelance writer, editor and curator based in New York. The former U.S. editor of Flash Art, since 1991, he has written for several magazines and newspapers on art and culture including The New York Times, Newsweek International, Essence Magazine, One World Magazine, Art in America, Artnews, Artext, Siksi: Nordic Art Review, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Tema Celeste and Time Out New York, where he is a regular contributor. Sirmans has also curated exhibitions in Europe, Asia and North America, including "One Planet Under a Groove" (co-curator, Bronx Museum) and "Rumors of War: Inspired by the Art of Jacob Lawrence," both 2001. He recently co-curated "Americas Remixed" for the Comune di Milano, Milan, "Mass Appeal" at Galerie 101, Ottawa, "A Moment's Notice" at Inman Gallery, Houston and "New Wave" at Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York. He is the editor of Art AsiaPacific.


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