Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort St.
212-570-3600 Price: Free
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On July 13, the Archives of American Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art will present a symposium funded by The Keith Haring Foundation focused on memories of the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s and 90’s.
DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art
Welcome and introductory remarks
Director, Archives of American Art
Panel I Ted Kerr
Collective memory and individual narratives of the AIDS epidemic.
This panel considers how panelists perceive and respond to the prevailing narrative(s) around HIV/AIDS and the art world, how their memory, history, and understanding of the past differs from this narrative, and if being a part of this oral history project created new meanings about their place within a larger narrative.
- Avram Finkelstein
- Sur Rodney (Sur)
- James Wentzy
- Alexandra Juhasz
Panel II Cynthia Carr
Hybrid responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis from individual artists.
The panel focuses on artists not associated with collaborative groups, whose responses to the AIDS epidemic may be more subtle and individual and operating in the multiple spheres of acting, music, fashion.
- Frank Holliday
- Marguerite Van Cook
- Fred Weston
3:30–4:15 p.m. (45 minutes)
Panel III Alex Fialho
Race, gender, and protest: lessons from AIDS activism
This panel considers collective political action groups that confronted oppression and invented new ways of protest, as well as activism then and now.
- Robert Vázquez-Pacheco
- Joy Episalla
- Carrie Yamaoka
- Julie Tolentino
Panel IV Liza Kirwin
Learning and remembering: five interviewers respond
Two interviewers on this project, Cynthia Carr and Linda Yablonsky, were active in the art world in the 1980s and 90s, at the height of the AIDS crisis in New York. Alex Fialho, Ted Kerr, and Svetlana Kitto have a received knowledge of that time. How have their understandings of this particular moment changed through this project? What is the personal impact of this project? How do they understand their place in “making histories?”
- Ted Kerr
- Alex Fialho
- Cynthia Carr
- Svetlana Kitto
The symposium, free and open to the public. It will also be live-streamed. For more information about this event, contact Liza Kirwin at [email protected]Buy tickets/get more info now