Monday, April 30, 2012
BUTUR: Mummification Transformation
With performers Rafael Sanchez, Richard Deagle, Michael James and Ethan Shoshan
Saturday, May 5th, 3 - 5 p.m.
Since 1999, Hunter Reynolds has performed 14 "Mummifications" throughout Europe and the United States. In conjunction with his current exhibition "Butur" Reynolds will perform a Mummification on Saturday, May 5th, from 3-5 pm. These rare performances are physically and emotionally grueling and simultaneously inspiring - evoking both rebirth and resurrection. For over twenty years Reynolds has been using photography, performance and installation to express his experience as an HIV positive gay man.
"Art has always been one of the tools I have used to heal myself and others and to find order in the chaos of my life, by not only telling the story through art, but by transforming myself in the process of making it, using it to rebuild my life, finding hope and beauty and a desire to be alive." - Hunter Reynolds
535 W. 22nd Street, 3rd Floor, NYC
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 3pm
The Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Queers for Economic Justice, Streetwise and Safe and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have united to organize and form a LGBTSTGNC contingent on May Day for solidarity, support, and visibility. Come join us if you can as we rally and march for immigrant rights. Our movements becomes stronger with each and everyon e of you!
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Contingent!
Meet Us on: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -At Regal Movie Theater, 850 Broadway (at 13th St.) at 3pm. Together as a contingent we will join the Rally at Union Square, New York, New York!
May Day March and Rally: Tuesday, May 1st meet at 3pm, Rally at 4pm at Union Square, March starts at 5:30-6:00pm
presented by The Awareness Experiment
May 1st, 2012 10 AM - 2PM
DAY OF ACTION
COME build the technicolor cardboard house of our dreams!
Please bring cardboard boxes, paint, brushes, duct tape, string & all that jazz.
We will be painting the outside of the house in block colors & on the inside you can write down your dreams for the future.
We encourage you to come dressed bright & colorful on this day of action.
This is not a White House.
There will be a march from Bryant Park to Union Square at 2PM
A Day Without the 99%! - A Community Without a Hospital!
2 PM to 3:30 PM Picket, Speak Out, and “Die In” at St Vincent’s Hospital slated to be turned into luxury condos leaving the lower West Side of Manhattan without a hospital. Meet at the O’Toole Building, 30 Seventh Avenue (between 12th Street and 13th Street)
3:30PM – March to Union Square for Unity Rally
5:30PM – Solidarity march to Wall Street
Healthcare workers should wear their scrubs and white coats. All are encouraged to dress as patients — e.g. with bandages, crutches, etc. Or come as you are.
via New York Times
Last year, New York City health workers gave out 37.2 million condoms. That works out to an average of 70 condoms every minute of the year. The city got into mass-scale condom distribution to help prevent the spread of debilitating and deadly diseases.
On the other hand, the condoms are also used to mark people for arrest on prostitution charges.
Here, for example, are affidavits filed in criminal court by two police officers in Brooklyn. They are part of the routine paperwork assembled in prostitution arrests. The first officer wrote that he “recovered from the defendant’s person currency in the following denominations: $1.25. Sexual paraphernalia, namely: One condom.”
The other wrote that he had found “condoms in the quantity of seventeen.”
One arm of the government is giving people condoms. Another arm is confiscating them from the very people who are most vulnerable to catching bugs and passing them along. How, precisely, does this make sense?
Beginning at least three years ago, the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene tried to figure that out. Working with the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center, the city began collecting information on the confiscation of condoms from people in the commercial sex trade, and on whether the practice discouraged their use.
Audacia Ray, a former sex worker, said police officers often seized condoms, not for arrests, but to roust street prostitutes. “They need to make up their mind, whether the health department wants condoms to be used to protect people, or the Police Department wants to use it to arrest,” Ms. Ray said on Tuesday. “I know that prostitution is illegal and the district attorney does not want to make it any easier for people to do it, but it’s really problematic for public health. At times the condoms are being destroyed in front of people.”
Ms. Ray, who founded the Red Umbrella Project to support people in commercial sex work, said that she regularly stocked up on condoms at a clinic in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.
A year ago, the health department supported state legislation to ban the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, and to “reduce all legislative barriers to condom use.” It planned to do mini-training sessions at police roll calls on the importance of condoms in preventing the spread of H.I.V.
Then things changed.
The city refused to release its study of sex workers and condom confiscation, written for Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the health commissioner, by Paul Kobrak, the director of risk reduction for the city’s AIDS and H.I.V. prevention bureau, said Sienna Baskin, the co-director of the Sex Workers Project. “They worked with us, and wouldn’t release it,” Ms. Baskin said.
Why wasn’t it made public?
“The report was an internal document,” Chanel Caraway, a spokeswoman for Commissioner Farley, said.
Eventually, under the Freedom of Information Law, the city released a version of the report — labeled a draft more than a year after it was completed. Many pages were blacked out. Of the 63 people interviewed, 36 had condoms confiscated from them; 18 said they never carried them because of worries about the police.
“A sizable minority said that condom policing had at some point discouraged them from possessing safer sex materials,” the report stated. A follow-up study by the Sex Workers Project reached similar findings.
DESPITE the clear language of its own report, the city’s health department reversed its position on changing the law.
“After the commissioner reviewed the study, which found that the current law has not resulted in sex workers consistently failing to carry condoms because of fear of arrest, he decided not to support the legislation,” Ms. Caraway said. “We have seen no evidence that the current law undermines the public health aims of condom distribution.”
About 2,000 people a year are arrested on prostitution charges in New York, and the vast majority quickly plead guilty. On one of the rare occasions when a case went to trial, a judge scoffed at the presentation of a condom as evidence.
“I find no probative value at all in finding a condom,” said the judge, Richard M. Weinberg of Manhattan Criminal Court. “In the age of AIDS and H.I.V., if people are sexually active at a certain age, and they are not walking around with condoms, they are fools. I don’t need anything else on condoms.”
Starting this Friday as part of We Who Feel Differently, a multi platform experience, a 2 day symposium will be held that asks both what is at stake and what is made possible by embracing difference as a queer strategy within contemporary art, politics, and society.
The two-day symposium was conceived by performance artist and scholar Raegan Truax and artist Carlos Motta, and will be moderated by Ann Pellegrini, Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University.
We Who Feel Differently: A Symposium
New Museum Theater
Friday May 4, 4–8 p.m.
Saturday May 5, 12–4 p.m.
More information about We Who Feel Differently.
We Who Feel Differently: A Symposium
New Museum Theater
Friday May 4, 4–8 p.m.
Saturday May 5, 12–4 p.m.
More information about We Who Feel Differently.
Chrishaun “CeCe” McDonald is a young African American transgender woman who is charged with two counts of “second degree murder” after an incident that began when she was violently assaulted because of her gender and race. Find more info on her web page: SUPPORT CeCe.
Her trail is coming up soon and supporters, who have been mobilized since the arrest, are asking for help from friends and activists across the country.They have set up a website that provides ways you can raise awareness against injustice, and help CeCe. Visit FREE CeCe for how you can be involved.
ACT UP marks 25 years of AIDS activism. Rachel Maddow looks back at the history of AIDS activism by ACT UP and salutes their success at changing the world's awareness of a disease that has claimed the lives for 30 million people worldwide.
Friday, April 27, 2012
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AIDS is not over. We need your skills!
Summer Internship Opportunities at Visual AIDS
Visual AIDS is now accepting applications for our summer internship positions.
Interns assist with the ongoing operations of Visual AIDS. Interns may be asked to take on specific projects from start to finish, such as working along side the web developer for the digitalization of the Archive Project. In other cases Interns will be working on multiple projects, such as helping with exhibition preparation, and daily administrative duties.
Successful intern applicants will be:
- Passionate about the possibilities that exist between art, social justice and HIV
- Interested in current issues around AIDS Awareness, and a willingness to learn
- Knowledgeable about contemporary art, art history and/or graphic design
- Well organized, self-motivated and able to work on several projects at once
- Attention oriented with good communication skills and the ability to thrive in a busy work environment
Specifically, we are looking for people who have experience in:
- Exhibition and event organizing
- Data entry, and word processing skills
- Web design
- Archiving and/or use of digital database
- Scanning / Photoshop
- Social Media
While the job is not physically demanding some tasks may require using the stairs, and light lifting. Please enquire with any accessibility questions you may have.
Internship is 12 to 20 hours per week.
To apply, send a short cover letter with a resume to email@example.com. In your cover letter please indicate any specific skills, talents, and abilities you may have and include information regarding any previous experience that may inform your time with Visual AIDS.
Application deadline: May 1st
Internship starting date: May 15th (flexible)
Internship ending date: August 1st (flexible)
Interns may receive academic credit and/or work study for their internships, as arranged through their educational institution. Visual AIDS is unable to offer a stipend or other financial compensation beyond reasonable reimbursement for travel.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Housing Works, an organization formed as an off shoot of ACT UP in 1990, works with the understanding that housing is imperative to long term health care. As part of their multi prong approach to health, Housing Works provides housing for people living with HIV. An exhibition set up this week as part of Housing Work's annual Design on a Dime benefit explores the housing and helps to put the work in context. Entitled Living Room: Housing Works Builds Housing, the show is curated by Gavin Browning and Karen Kubey. For more information about the show visit URBAN OMNIBUS.
Living Room: Housing Works Builds Housing
On view April 26-28, 2012
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY
Curated by Gavin Browning and Karen Kubey
Exhibition design with Greta Hansen
Production by Daniel Quinn
Graphic Design by MTWTF (Juan Astasio, Glen Cummings, Aliza Dzik, and Jenna Kaminsky)
|Self Portrait with Beard, Age 27, Astoria, 2011|
|AA Bronson #2, Chelsea, 2011|
A Chronicle of Love & Loss in Sickness & in Health
April 13 – 29, 2012
LA PETITE MORT GALLERY
306 Cumberland Street
Canada, K1N 7H9
Funded in part through a U.S. Department of State,
U.S. Embassy-Ottawa Public Affairs Section Grant.
From Elijah's artist statement:
"Janet Rochelle Schwartz died of AIDS on April 16th, 1990, the day before her husband’s 39th birthday. A nurse, living and working in San Francisco through the 70′s and early 80′s, she was one of the first documented cases of women with HIV/AIDS during that era, when AIDS had a prevalent & increasingly, excruciatingly volatile face, but was still without a name, unbiased, no ties to true humanity, bound to all yet unbound from every, equally cryptic in nature as elementary in its aim for destruction. She was just 38, I was 6 years old at the time and the youngest of her three children.
General Ideas IMAGEVIRUS series was establishing itself in both SF and NY in the very years that my mother’s physical self was disengaging from the world. Twenty two years later, the magnetic-duality of two souls are journeying on a course parallel to the others, and in unison begin to adhere to the shear force of instinctual pull, the two of us brought together to forge a friendship that would help propel forward the other’s story, 38 years between us at this present day, the exact duration of my mother’s worldly sojourn."
To read the rest of his statement and learn more about the show, visit: lapetitemortgallery.com
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Untitled (Merrill Lynch) 1992-94. c-print, wood frame, Robert Blanchon|
What We Need is a Wall St. Tax!"
In honor ACT UP's 25th Anniversary direct action, Visual AIDS shares Untitled (Merrill Lynch) from archive member Robert Blanchon.
via Huffington Post
NEW YORK -- Longtime AIDS activists who have been chanting in the streets for a quarter century joined with supporters of the much newer Occupy Wall Street movement Wednesday in a rally and march through lower Manhattan to call for better health services.
New York Stock Exchange workers jeered from the sidewalk as handcuffed protesters wearing Robin Hood costumes were loaded into police vans after chaining themselves together and blocking traffic in the area around Wall Street. Police used chain cutters to remove them.
Protesters said they were marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power – the organization known as ACT UP – which was founded in March 1987 when the group marched on Wall Street to protest the high cost and low availability of HIV medications.
Eric Sawyer, one of the founding members of the group, which has grown to include chapters worldwide, said Wednesday that 25 years later the organization returned to the financial district for good reason.
When it comes to AIDS and housing services, he said, "big business is not funding anything, but they got the bailout."
Another longtime member, Julie Davids, said it made sense for the organization to march with Occupy supporters.
"ACT UP has always looked at the AIDS crisis through an economic justice lens and has always recognized that obstacles were rooted in greed and profit motive," she said.
Some protesters dragged couches and chairs into the middle of Broadway and chanted "Housing saves lives!" to draw attention to what they said was the lack of adequate housing assistance available to people with HIV. In all, several hundred people marched from City Hall, flanked by police in riot gear and on scooters.
The group was calling in part for a tax of less than a penny on all Wall Street transactions, to be used for medical and social services for people with HIV and AIDS, as well as for universal health care.
Monday, April 23, 2012
JOIN Visual AIDS at ACT UP's 25th Anniversary Direct Action in New York City on Wednesday, April 25th at 11am
Join Visual AIDS, Housing Works, Health GAP, HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, OWS Healthcare for the 99% Working Group, National Nurses United, MIX NYC, Le Petit Versailles, Queerocracy, Queering OWS, Activists from ACT UP/New York, ACT UP/Philadelphia, ACT UP/ Boston, ACT UP/Maryland and others.
ACT UP is pushing for a small tax (0.05%) on Wall Street transactions and speculative trades as a means of raising vital funding needed to address the global AIDS epidemic and move towards universal healthcare in the United States. The April 25th demonstration is linked to a global Robin Hood Tax campaign to fund global health, global public goods, jobs, and to tackle climate change (the focus of this great direct action opportunity also links back to HIV PJA's action agenda goals in economic justice).Return to Wall Street and ACT UP to end the global HIV/AIDS crisis!
What: Massive demonstration and march to commemorate ACT UP's 25th Anniversary
When: Wednesday - April 25, 2012 at 11am
Where: Starts at City Hall (Broadway and Murray Street) - Ends at Wall Street
Why: To demand a tax on Wall Street to help END AIDS!
|Photo © Max Flatow|
Friday, April 20, 2012
|credit: Jon Nalley, Social + Diarist|
Last Sunday at the “Pre-Tax” Benefit for ACT UP at Dixon Place, artist Ariel "Speedwagon" Federow performed a Thank You Card of sorts we want to share.
People like me - young gays and artists from other places - move to New York to find more. We move here for something else, something bigger and brighter and braver, for something meaner, for something that is going to make us say what we want and go after it. We move here because this is where here is and because New York is where people like me come to finally fit. New York is where big dreamers from other places come to learn the words for the things we feel.
At the core of that longing and idealizing of New York is a desire for a home. Home is not just about showing up and putting your things down in a room. Home is about entering into a context that stretches before and after you like a river. This is what we want when we come here. We want to know we are not the only one, and more than that, to know that we are part of something larger. New York is where heroes live. They have been doing anything you can think of, and they have been doing it for decades. They are really good at it. If you’re lucky, you can start to learn by watching.
If you come to New York, and if you start doing what you're here to do, sooner or later you are going to intersect with people whose existence as a hero in your imagination far precedes them as actual people.. You will run into the novelist whose books told you your own story. You will run into the photographer whose photographs taught you to see. You will meet your hero. And you will try to maintain your newly acquired, nonchalant New Yorker poise. But there will be a moment - an internal exultation - of saying this is why I am here. This is where I am supposed to be. And you will learn, little by little, that these people are people, not just heroic objects. Some of them are douchey, some of them are kind, some of them are sober, some of them aren't sober any longer, some of them are curious, some of them are jaded. This is how you begin to understand the implications of who you want to be.
In dealing with your idols as people—actual people—you learn they are the same kind of human you are. The richness and magic of our community is: people exist, people like you, people you can look to for wisdom, noodles, a kind word, or a slap in the face. They can help you get up and keep you moving. This is why we came here: to find others who better than we are, and learn from them so we can be better too. These are our elders.
Now, as a young homosexual, it is impossible for me to think of these elders without thinking about all of the people who died because of AIDS, who I never got to meet and who never got to become someone whose name I would know. All of the people who died—the geniuses, the geniuses to be, the not genius but really nice people, the not genius but really mean people—exist to me as legends, ideas or information.
There is no way to talk about gay elders without exposing the gaping hole, the giant abyss, the sea of tragedy, the wall of names that isn't even on an actual wall yet. It is impossible to think about this without the weight of the dead on my shoulders. So many connections that could have been and never got to be, gone because of a government's criminal neglect and a societal willingness to let the queers (and others) die.
Listing the martyrs is so easy. They are static and behind us. It is harder to engage with the people who are here not as myths but as complicated realities. I want to honor the people who I have learned from, whose cigarettes I have smoked, ideas I have wrestled with, and work I have seen. These people are here, and exist despite a tragedy the depth of which I feel almost disrespectful trying to talk about. I can't imagine the world as it might have been if all of those people did not die. Instead I have the people who lived, who got kicked down into the literal shit of the people they loved, and got up and didn't just keep walking but kicked back. I don't want to idolize them, or romanticize them, or write them into legend because better than romance is offering respect. Instead of a myth, I want to write a thank-you note.
Thank you for being the people we found when we got here.
Thank you for continuing forward.
Thank you for being our heroes.
Thank you for letting us eat your noodles, smoke your cigarettes, and buy you drinks.
Thank you for telling us when we are wrong.
Thank you for admitting when you are wrong.
Thank you for showing us how to survive.
|credit: Yi Ching Lin|
Ariel "Speedwagon" Federow is a performance artist, activist, and storyteller who lives in Brooklyn, NY. www.arielspeedwagon.com
Re emerging in the East Village?
|Kenny Kenny spot tu, polaroid, Gail Thacker|
Reading?POZ magazine has an interview with David Halperin about his book Tinderbox that “incorporates archival material, interviews and recent genetic discoveries to piece together a historical collage that details the emergence and spread of HIV in Africa.” Check it out at POZ MAGAZINE.
Art + Music in Brooklyn?
|image from The Box That Rocks|
Check out The Box That Rocks: 30 Years of Video Music Box and the Rise of Hip Hop Music and Culture curated by Dexter Wimberly at MaCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts).
Solving the unemployment crisis?
HIV Prevention Justice Alliance has joined the “Caring Across Generations” campaign that address growing needs for people who need home care, and those in need for meaningful, equitable work. Find out more about the campaign and how HIV factors in at the HPJA website.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Visual AIDS mourns the loss of artist, activist & VA member - Robert Miles Parker.
Robert Miles Parker was best known for his beautiful and studied line drawing of both old and new building in New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and everywhere else he visited. Miles would take his drawing board, pens and chair with him, and sit and draw for hours. In his own words:
"I like to paint and draw the wonderful stuff that I see - architecture, objects, and people. I am knocked out by color, both the bright yellos and greens of San Diego, where I grew up, and the darker reds and grays of Manhattan, where I nowlive. I have a need to paint and draw to record the visual glories of the world I live in"
He was also a leading architectural author and preservationist for over 30 years. He founded San Diego's Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO) in 1969, one of America's oldest preservationist groups.
Miles work has been collected and exhibited widely, including a retrospective at The Museum of the City of New York in 2006. He published three books: Images of American Architecture (1982), L.A. (1984), and Upper West Side: New York (1988). His work also garnered him national attention, including two appearances on the Today Show with Barbara Walters.
Miles was always so very thoughtful and sent many notes to the staff at Visual AIDS. In one of his letters, he writes
"I have to draw. I have to paint. I have to be joyful - for my friends who are all gone, and for me. My living with AIDS and my silently watching my friends die has given me that duty. I must draw and paint for them. Being alive has produced a duty and to fill it with joy - that's a very important part"
Robert Miles Parker is survived by his longtime partner, David Van Leer.