Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

"The Archive Project is emotionally and physically overwhelming. I liken it to visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to viewing the AIDS Memorial Quilt... There is reverence, some humor and maybe some surprising names of artists who are ostensibly prisoners or casualties of a war that one may not have necessarily known they were fighting..." Arnold J. Kemp, artist / educator
Browse Work In The Artist Registry

Bianca “Exotica” Maldonado: Iconic Transgender Starlet and My Fierce Aunt

Research Fellow María José Maldonado reflects on the legacy of her aunt, Bianca “Exotica” Maldonado, as an artist, muse, and family member. Bianca appeared frequently on '90s talk shows, speaking about her identity as a trans woman and her work as a dominatrix in New York City. Combining personal memory, oral history interviews with friends and family, and an analysis of television culture, Maldonado presents her aunt as an undeniably fierce cultural force. → Read More

Join us for FLASHER PARTY!

Our dear friends at Luhring Augustine are hosting FLASHER PARTY, a benefit for Visual AIDS, Thurs, May 9 from 6-8pm at their Chelsea location! → Read More

Announcing 'Red Reminds Me...' for Day With(out) Art 2024

A program of seven new videos a program of seven videos from artists around the world reflecting the emotional spectrum of living with HIV today. The program will premiere at 100+ museums and arts organizations on December 1, 2024 for Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day → Read More

The Firm and the Yielding: The Art and Life of Luis Frangella

Research Fellow Ruby Sutton charts the artistic development of the late Argentine artist Luis Frangella (1944–1990). Drawing on extensive research in the artist's notebooks, as well as interviews with his friends and family, Sutton provides new insight into Frangella's early life in Argentina, his move to the United States, and his role in the East Village art scene. → Read More

Kyle Croft Appointed as Executive Director of Visual AIDS

The Visual AIDS Board of Directors is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Kyle Croft as Executive Director. Kyle has served as Interim Director since June 2023 and Programs Director since 2019, succeeding Esther McGowan, who joined Aperture after more than 10 years with the organization. → Read More

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications - while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

Board of Directors

Marguerite Van Cook, President

Wendy Olsoff, Vice President

Dr. Daniel S. Berger

Nayland Blake

Carlos Gutierrez-Solana

Jim Hodges

Marques McClary


Kyle Croft
Executive Director

Shawn Escarciga
Development Director

Blake Paskal
Programs Manager

Jacs Rodriguez
Community Archivist