On December 1, 2019, Visual AIDS will commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Day With(out) Art with seven newly commissioned videos by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. These artists will consider the continuing presence of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories of art and activism from the past three decades.

In 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art, a call to the art world for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. Every year since, Visual AIDS has coordinated and publicized events at museums, universities, and arts organizations to highlight the ongoing urgency of the epidemic.

The artists for Day With(out) Art 2019 were chosen from an open call for proposals reviewed by Kenyon Farrow (Senior Editor at The Body), Alexandra Juhasz (Chair of the Film Department, Brooklyn College), Lucas Michael (Visual AIDS Artist+ Member and Board Member), and Lauren Zelaya (Assistant Curator, Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum).

The hour-long video program will premiere on December 1, 2019 for the 30th annual Day With(out) Art. Visual AIDS partners with museums, galleries, universities, and organizations around the world to present over 100 free screenings on/around December 1. If you’re interested in screening this year’s Day With(out) Art video program, please contact Day With(out) Art Project Manager, Kyle Croft at [email protected].

For longer synopses and artist bios, see the Day With(out) Art 2019 project page.

Video Synopses:

Shanti Avirgan will create an all-archival video portrait of Keith Cylar (1958–2004), the co-founder of Housing Works and a central figure in the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) NY.

Nguyen Tan Hoang will return to two subjects from his 1995 video on gay Asian sexuality, “7 Steps to Sticky Heaven,” examining how HIV/AIDS has shaped their lives in the 24 years since.

Carl George will present a selection of archival and found film footage from 1981 to the present, set to an intricate collage of sound and text, illuminating his experience as an artist, political activist, and longterm survivor.

Viva Ruiz invites transgender AIDS activist, artist, and beloved friend Chloe Dzubilo (1960–2011) to speak via never before seen Hi-8 footage filmed by Chloe's then-partner Kelly McGowan.

Iman Shervington will highlight Sian, a Black woman living with HIV in Louisiana, who works in partnership with the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies to address the disproportionate effect of HIV on Black women in the South.

Jack Waters will facilitate a collective and intergenerational examination of the stakes of disclosure.

Derrick Woods-Morrow will document the geography of the public sex culture of Black Chicago from the 1960s through the 1980s, in conversation with then-amateur photographer and longterm survivor Patric McCoy.