Commissioned Artist Videos by Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hi Tiger, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian and Julie Tolentino
Screening Dates & Locations in 35+ Cities Internationally
Details on screening dates & locations.
Join Visual AIDS from December 1–7 for the ALTERNATE ENDINGS video program, showcasing provocative new video works that reflect and respond to the ongoing AIDS pandemic on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art. The 45 screenings in 35 cities include venues in Chicago, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, San Francicso, Toronto & many more!
On December 1, 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day With(out) Art—a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To honor the 25th year of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS has commissioned seven artists/collectives—Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hi Tiger, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino—to create new short videos to be screened internationally.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS highlights the diverse voices of seven artists that use video to bring together charged moments and memories from their personal perspective amidst the public history of HIV/AIDS. The short videos in ALTERNATE ENDINGS use a mix of found footage, live performance, still photos, and robotic cameras to weave together connections between personal stories and public memories. They share tales of love and breakups, sing songs of defiance, celebrate action, and remember those whom we have lost. Through these diverse stories we are invited to reflect upon our complex past as we envision divergent narratives and possibilities for the future, because AIDS IS NOT OVER.
History of Day With(Out) Art
To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day Without Art in 1989, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about HIV/AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS service organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges have taken part. Throughout Day With(out) Art's 25 year history, Visual AIDS has initiated public actions and programs, published an annual poster and copyright-free broadsides, and acted as press coordinator and clearing house for projects for Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day.
In 1997 we transitioned Day Without Art to become a day with art, as it had become clear that active interventions within the annual program were far more effective than actions to negate or reduce the programs of cultural centers. Though the name was retained as a metaphor for the chilling possibility of a future day without art or artists, we added parentheses to the program title, Day With(out) Art, to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world.
For 25 years, Visual AIDS has been utilizing art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art 2014
December 1 - 7, 2014
526 W. 26th St. # 510, New York, NY 10001