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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
February 1 - 28, 2007
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Visual AIDS and The Body
present:

You Darkness
Curated by Bruce Hackney & Tim Smith
Sam Orwen, Lovers, 1982
Image: Ferenc Suto, untitled, 1997

In the Curatorís Statement:

All of us living with HIV have relied from time to time and to some extent on faith in the unknown, in the allure of mystery, and on an acceptance that some greater power commands fate and destiny. It is a private place, deep and shrouded. Within this space, the nature of both hope and despair exists. We cannot know what inspired these artists to produce these particular works, but in their making we feel and see the great energy... Never really sure whether it is hope or despair we sense – though the energy is unmistakable.

b i o g r a p h y

Bruce Hackney, 43, has worked in the contemporary art world for the past 18 years. He recently joined Yvon Lambert in New York as a Director. Previously, he was a Director at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery and McKee Gallery, both New York. Privately, he represents the Estate of Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger in the United States and is an independent curator. Most recently, he co-curated a show with Anna Kustera entitled “i drank the kool-aid: The Experiment Requires That You Continue” at her gallery in Chelsea.

Tim Smith, 48, is the Administrative Manager of Lisa Ruyter’s studio. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of The Armory Show, one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs. HIV+ for more than 25 years, he was involved in the early days of both GMHC and ACT UP.

Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project.

Founded in 1988 by arts professionals as a response to the effects of AIDS on the arts community and as a way of organizing artists, arts institutions, and arts audiences towards direct action, Visual AIDS has evolved into an arts organization with a two-pronged mission: 1) Through the Frank Moore Archive Project, the largest slide library of work by artists living with HIV and the estates of artists who have died of AIDS, Visual AIDS historicizes the contributions of visual artists with HIV while supporting their ability to continue making art and furthering their professional careers, 2) In collaboration with museums, galleries, artists, schools, and AIDS service organizations, Visual AIDS produces exhibitions, publications, and events utilizing visual art to spread the message “AIDS IS NOT OVER.”

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
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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland