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How Art & Design Activism Changed AIDS for You, and How It Still Can

How Art & Design Activism Changed AIDS for You, and How It Still Can

Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
General Public 

The New School will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Day With(out) Art with a keynote lecture by Tom Sokolowski and a panel discussion of arts activists including Avram Finkelstein, Joy Episalla, Luis Carle, Nancy Brooks Brody, and Tony Whitfield discussing the future of AIDS advocacy. 

Tom Sokolowski worked with Visual AIDS to create the astonishingly effective PR campaigns -- Day Without Art and the now-familiar red ribbon -- to promote global AIDS awareness and action.  In his keynote lecture, "The Red Ribbon that Changed the World: 25 Years of AIDS activism and Day With(out) Art" (starting at about 8:15 p.m.), he will talk about how these revolutionizing campaigns began, how they changed over time, and how they are relevant now. A dynamic speake(Pittsburgh's City Paper says he is "reliably frank and funny"), Sokolowski was director of the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center at NYU (1984-96), and he went on to direct the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh (1996-2010).

Panelists (starting at 7:30 p.m.):
Avram Finkelstein was a founding member of Gran Fury, and he was a key designer of the "Silence=Death" logo/poster. He now creates Flash Collectives in his ongoing AIDS activism.
Joy Episalla and Nancy Brooks Brody are members of fierce pussy, a collective of queer women artists that formed in 1991 to fight HIV/AIDS. Their 2013 poster will be on the walls at this Reckoning With AIDS event.
Luis Carle created O.P. Art (The Organization of Puerto Rican Artists) as a response to the AIDS crisis.

Tony Whitfield teaches at The New School; he curated the "Grounding Future Queer" exhibition (see below). 

A reception following the keynote will include late-night access to the exhibition “Grounding Future Queer,” where all the artworks will be shrouded for Day With(out) Art, 9:00-10:00 p.m. at 2 West 13th Street (exhibition is in the Aronson Galleries).

This event is part of "Reckoning With AIDS," a series of exhibitions and events at The New School ​(on and around December 1st) to engage the community in AIDS awareness and action.  ​Many programs this year will focus on arts activism.  Resource tables will also offer free information about HIV/AIDS prevention and testing. ​

Click here for more information and a list of events for "Reckoning with AIDS: The New School Events for World AIDS Day & the 25th Anniversary of Day With(out) Art."

This event is sponsored by the School of Art and Design History and TheorySchool of Media StudiesGender Studies, Queer Collective, Student Health Services/Wellness and Health Promotion, Safe Zone; Pronoun Collective, International Student Services.


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