THING no.7, 1992, Robert Ford Zine

Rebecca Matalon curated this month's web gallery, Tongues Untied, featuring Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Blanchon, Mark Carter, Bruce Cratsley, Tony Feher, Edward Hochschild, Mark Morrisroe, Robert Ford, Tony Greene, Peter Hujar, W. Benjamin Incerti, Ronald Lockett, Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, Charles Long, Charles Hopkinson, Rodney Brown and Hugh Steers.

Matalon says, "In the spring of 2015, I organized Tongues Untied at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Presented in coordination with the 30th anniversary of the city of West Hollywood at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center location, Tongues Untied featured a selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection made during the historical period of the HIV/AIDS crisis. The inspiration and centerpiece of the exhibition was Tongues Untied (1989), activist, artist, and writer Marlon Riggs’s landmark film about the very real and very personal experiences of being black and gay in America. A mix of documentary and archival footage, talking-head interviews, poetry, and dance, the film is an elegiac and erotic portrait of “black men loving black men” in the face of racism, homophobia, and alienation. Tongues Untied focuses on a community of poets and activists (Joseph Beam, Essex Hemphill, and Alan Miller among others), giving voice to a multiplicity of perspectives through a lyrical and rhythmic collage of image and sound." Read more.

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.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Robert Blanchon

Mark Carter

Bruce Cratsley

Tony Feher

Edward Hochschild

Mark Morrisroe

Robert Ford

Tony Greene

Peter Hujar

W. Benjamin Incerti

Ronald Lockett

Martin Wong

David Wojnarowicz

Charles Ryan Long

Charles Hopkinson

Rodney Brown

Hugh Steers