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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
February 1 - 28, 2005
Online

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:
"It's a Rough World,
How's Your Armor?"

A Web Gallery
Curated by Nayland Blake
From the Frank Moore Archive Project
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
untitled, David Wojnarowicz, 1990

Featuring the work of Frank Moore Archive Project members: Barton Lidice Benes, Copy Berg, Raynes Birkbeck, John Eric Broaddus, Mark Carter, Jimmy DeSana, Karl Michalak, Michael Mitchell, Luna Luis Ortiz, J. Robert Reed, James Reich, Eric Rhein, James Simmonds, Paul Thek, Tseng Kwong Chi, Frederick Weston, Albert Winn, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong and Yolanda.

In the Curatorís Statement, Nayland Blake states:

“For the past months I have found myself forcibly reminded of the emotional climate of the mid eighties and I remembered something that I said to a friend after the 1993 inauguration: “The most shocking thing is that I no longer feel like someone is hitting me all the time”. That is what the 80’s felt like and that is what it feel like now: the constant need to flinch from a steady rain of blows aimed at us by those in power (many of the same people who were in power in 1984). The techniques of shock and awe were never intended for populations in other parts of the globe. They sum up in two neat words the preferred state of this nation’s populace. We have leaders who wish our capitulation and our compliance, and they are prepared to terrorize us until they get it.... So the works I’ve selected do two things: they evoke the emotional realities of living under this onslaught, and they evoke one possible method of confronting the conformity that the attacks are meant to produce: through travesty, costume, dramatization, slapstick, and oddly entertainment.”

Nayland Blake is an artist, writer and educator who lives in Brooklyn. His work is included in the collections of L.A. MOCA, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and many others. In 1995 He curated In a Different Light, the first major museum exhibition to examine the influence of Lesbian, Gay and Queer artists on contemporary art. He has taught at various institutions, including CalArts, Harvard, Bard College, The San Francisco Art Institute, and NYU. He is currently the chair of the ICP-Bard Masters program in Advanced Photographic Studies.

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS, strives to increase public awareness of AIDS through the visual arts. The Frank Moore Archive Project documents the work of artists with HIV/AIDS to ensure that their artistic legacy will be preserved, thereby safeguarding their place within art history. The Archive Project also facilitates the creation and presentation of new work and provides practical services to artists with HIV/AIDS, assisting in their pursuit of a professional career. www.visualAIDS.org

The Body is now the most frequently visited HIV/AIDS-related site on the Web, according to the Medical Library Association and also the most frequently visited disease-specific site on the Web, according to <Hot 100>. The Body contains a rich collection of information on topics ranging from HIV prevention, state-of-the-art treatment issues, humor and art. An invaluable resource, The Body is used by clinicians, patients and the general public. Part of The Body's mission is to enable artistic expression to reach the Web, and to join art with other resources needed to help the public comprehend the enormity and devastation of the AIDS pandemic and to experience its human and spiritual dimensions.

Visual AIDS 
526 W. 26th St. # 510, New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.627.9855  Fax: 212.627.9815
e-mail: info@visualAIDS.org

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