Friday, July 13, 2018 from 1:00pm–5:00pm
Price: The event is free. Registration is requested. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY, 10014
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(L to R) John Fekner, Jenny Holzer, David Wojnarowicz, Keith Haring and Michael Smith. "Urban Pulses" Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA 1983 Photo credit: David Lubarsky 1983 Courtesy John Fekner Research Archive


This symposium develops out of an oral history project of the same name undertaken by the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, focusing on memories of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and '90s and features conversations with artists, activists, and oral historians.

1–1:30 pm
Welcome and introductory remarks by Kate Haw, Director of the Archives of American Art, and David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection

1:30–2:15 pm
Collective memory and individual narratives of the AIDS epidemic 
Moderator: Ted Kerr
Speakers: Avram Finkelstein, Alexandra Juhasz , Sur Rodney (Sur), and James Wentzy

2:15–3 pm
Hybrid responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis from individual artists
Moderator: Cynthia Carr
Speakers: Frank Holliday, Marguerite Van Cook, Fred Weston

Break (30 minutes)

3:30–4:15 pm
Race, gender, and protest: lessons from AIDS activism
Moderator: Alex Fialho
Speakers: Joy Episalla, Julie Tolentino, Robert Vázquez-Pacheco, Carrie Yamaoka

4:15–5 pm
Learning and remembering: interviewers respond
Moderator: Liza Kirwin
Speakers: Cynthia Carr, Alex Fialho, Ted Kerr, Svetlana Kitto

A reception for speakers and program attendees follows the program from 5–6pm in the Tom and Diane Tuft Trustee Room on the Eighth Floor.

This program is organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art and is supported by The Keith Haring Foundation.