Sur Rodney (Sur)

Curated By: Sur Rodney (Sur)

Sur Rodney (Sur) is a curator, writer, and archivist. A fixture on the East Village art scene, Sur was co-director of the celebrated Gracie Mansion Gallery (1983–88). In the late 1980s, he shifted his practice to archiving work of artists affected by the growing AIDS pandemic, leading to his involvement with Visual AIDS and helping to establish the Frank Moore Archive Project. He served on the board of Visual AIDS for over a decade and co-curated several exhibitions initiated by Visual AIDS: Arts Communities AIDS Communities Realizing the Archive Project (1996); and A Living Testament of the Blood Fairies (1997). Along with Kris Nuzzi, he co-curated NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS at La Galleria LaMaMa. (2013). His three part essay Activism, AIDS, Art, and the Institution was published in the AIDS Art America exhibition catalog (2015). He is often invited to present on the East Village art scene during the 1980s and is a member of the group What Would an HIV Doula Do?