Jesus Crowned. . .Black Madonna Glowing, 1999, Gregg Cassin mixed media , 50x40

José Vidal curated Why Religious Images Now?, featuring Gregg Cassin, J. Robert Reed, Mark Carter, Barton Lidice Beneš, Juan Andres Pulido, John Sapp, Berni Ortiz, Greg Maskwa, Joey Terrill, and Tom Shooter.

Vidal says, "As I worked through the images in the archives of Visual AIDS I began to notice a fairly large number of religious images. I found this surprising, but also moving. As I thought about it, I realized that I had simply assumed that most GLBTQ artists, even if they had been raised in religious households, were likely to be secular in their outlook, having decisively moved away from the religious traditions in which they had been raised. As I worked my way through the archive, I realized that was simply not the case and I began to wonder why so many of the artists were drawn to religious themes and images." 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.

Gregg Cassin

Robert Reed

Mark Carter

Barton Lidice Beneš

Juan Andres Pulido

John Sapp

Berni Ortiz

Greg Maskwa

Joey Terrill

Tom Shooter