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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
June 1 - 30, 2005
Online

Visual AIDS and The Body
present:
a tour in l.g.b.t. land for pride month
A Web Gallery
Curated by Alan Reiff
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Philip Calkins, Pride Kiss, 1997

Featuring the work of Stephen Andrews, Philip Calkins, Luis Carle, Bruce Cratsley, Brent Nicholson Earle, W. Benjamin Incerti, Joe Monroe, John Morrison, Juan Rivera, James Romberger, Steed Taylor, Albert Winn, David Wojnarowicz and Yolanda.

In the Curatorís Statement, Alan Reiff states:

“When Heritage of Pride (HOP) was asked to curate the June Web Gallery for Visual AIDS, we thought, “What an honor!” Two organizations that seek to create safe spaces for acceptance and places to be proud of who you are…..a great match. Similar results but different paths to get there. HOP by producing four events in June in N.Y.C. that give people – possibly –one day out of the year to be “OUT” and proud in the daylight. Creating spaces to be who you are without fear of reprisals. And Visual AIDS, in promoting the work of artists living with HIV/AIDS, they keep the public focused on finding a cure and/or a vaccine for HIV/AIDS.

"Both organizations are celebrating the individual, yet striving for a better future for society... With a similar goal in mind, 16 slides were selected to illustrate our common cause. Think of this as a guided tour through “L.G.B.T.land” for Pride month. Sit back, relax, prepare to think, get angry, and enjoy all at once.”

Alan Reiff started his Pride career as a volunteer at Heritage of Pride’s Dance One <www.hopinc.org> on the Pier 18 years ago. He was given a hefty garbage bag and told by Janice Thom and Matt Foreman to “help clean up the mess,” and he has not stopped since. Since that time, he has held the Executive Board positions at HOP of Recording Secretary, Executive Secretary, Outreach Chair (his favorite one!) and most recently was the Past Male Co-Chair. Currently he is Heritage of Pride’s PrideFest Director. Pridefest is the FREE street festival that consists of four events in one: The Market Place, Kidspace, Artspace, and Stagefest.

Alan is also very active in international politics. He was on InterPride’s first World Pride committee to help plan the first ever World Pride in Rome in 2000, and helped move the 750,000 person March around Rome during the event as well. He has spoken at various Pride events in Europe: Budapest being his favorite one. He is also currently InterPride’s World Pride Committee Co-Chair where he is helping to organize the 2005 World Pride event in Jerusalem, Israel planned for August 2005.

This new task, in addition to his other volunteer work (Yes that is correct: all his Pride activities are voluntary) give him a unique view and approach to be a curator for Pride month’s photographic selections at Visual AIDS.

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

Visual AIDS Gallery

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