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
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.
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
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.