The Angry Heart: AIDS, Art, Activism
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
Elia Alba, Hands (Sacred Heart 1), 2013. Silk screen on fabric, wire, fiberfil, acrylic and thread.
The Angry Heart: AIDS, Art, Activism will convene a panel of artists, New York-based arts organizations, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to engage in a discussion exploring the inter generational relationship between art, activism, and the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. Moderated by As Far as the Heart Can See artist, Ivan Monforte. Panelists include: Linda Earle (Board Member, Art Matters), Lucia Torian (Director, HIV Epidemiology Program, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Esther McGowan (Executive Director, Visual AIDS), Gonzalo Casals (Executive Director, Leslie Lohman Museum), Travis Chamberlain (Managing Director, QUEER | ART), and Visual AIDS Artist Member Luna Ortiz (Artist; Senior Community Health Specialist, GMHC).
This conversation is in conjunction with As Far as the Heart Can See, an exhibition that brings art and everyday life together through performance-based acts of care, transgression, and multigenerational collaboration. The show assembles a constellation of artists who have shifted gear, broken away, found shelter in the wilderness, or ventured astray from art-historical validation in order to speak truth.
Curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful – whose elusive creative path embodies intimacy, healing, empathy, and radical generosity – the exhibition focuses on figures who parry institutional canons and over-professionalization to pursue art as a call to the heart. Artists fatigued by pressure to both make and be objects, take note: one might say that those in As Far As the Heart Can See pursue what they do as a ‘vocation,’ suggesting bold acts and a readiness to trade normative success for something more.