New York, NY , 1979, Tseng Kwong Chi gelatin silver print , 36x36 inches, © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. New York.

This month's web gallery, American Noir: Into a Dark Past, was curated by Robert Atkins. It includes works by David Wojnarowicz. Tim Greathouse, John Dugdale, Jimmy De Sana, Bruce Cratsley, Hugh Steers, Tseng Kwong Chi, William Lincoln Tisdale, Kermit Berg, Roger Brown, Frank Moore, Richard Sawdon Smith, Patrick Webb, Vincent Cianni, Robert Blanchon, Keith Haring, Félix González-Torres, Steed Taylor, and Nancer LeMoins, which together, are inflected by Atkins' dark sensibility.

He describes the pieces as "simultaneously—and paradoxically—highly subjective but emotionally removed. Typically described as “stylized (melo)dramas that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations,” they are above all else—and this is unusual in visual art—highly narrative."

Each month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project and Visual AIDS Artists Registry. View past Web Gallery here.

David Wojnarowicz

Tim Greathouse

Jimmy De Sana

Bruce Cratsley

Hugh Steers

Tseng Kwong Chi

William Lincoln Tisdale

Kermit Berg

Roger Brown

Richard Sawdon Smith

Patrick Webb

Vincent Cianni

Robert Blanchon

Keith Haring

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Steed Taylor

Nancer LeMoins