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Ahead of our in-person Tribute Walk in 2022, Visual AIDS and The Studio Museum in Harlem are thrilled to present a digital resource page featuring an interactive map of key AIDS-related sites in Harlem, excerpts from our oral history project, archival materials, and sources for additional research and exploration.

Initially proposed by poet, artist, and activist Pamela Sneed, the Last Address Tribute Walk: Harlem will honor sites, people, and histories of Harlem critical to understanding the artistic and creative aspects of the AIDS epidemic.

In the summer of 2021, Visual AIDS and the Studio Museum gathered existing materials and community knowledge with the guidance of community members who are actively involved with HIV activism and documenting Black queer histories. More information about the walk will be announced in 2022.

Click here to view the resource page on the Studio Museum's website.

If you would like to contribute your personal knowledge about HIV and AIDS in Harlem, please consider sharing it with us in our survey here.

In addition to this interactive map, the digital resource page includes excerpts from oral history interviews and links to learn more about AIDS cultural histories in Harlem.

Visual AIDS and The Studio Museum in Harlem thank Antionettea Etienne, Luna Luis Ortiz, Pamela Sneed, and Lee Soulja Simmons for sharing their knowledge in a series of oral history interviews.

Visual AIDS’ annual Last Address Tribute Walk revisits the former home addresses of artists lost to AIDS, as well as locations shaped by HIV and AIDS activism and queer cultural history in New York City. Inspired by Ira Sachs’ film Last Address (2010) and conceived and led by curator and art historian Alex Fialho, past iterations of the Last Address Tribute Walk featured doorstep readings in the neighborhoods of the East Village (2014), Chelsea (2015), the Lower East Side (2016), the West Village (2017), the Meatpacking District (2018), and Times Square (2019).