Visual AIDS and The
"It's a Rough World,
How's Your Armor?"
A Web Gallery
Curated by Nayland Blake
From the Frank Moore Archive Project
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.
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