Co-curated by myself, Jean Carlomusto, and Alexandra Juhasz, "Everyday" explores the AIDS crisis (historically and currently) through the lens of art work that looks at and evidences daily experiences & practices in response to HIV/AIDS.
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 17, 6–9 PM
Curatorial Statement: AIDS is an everyday experience. By this, we mean it is both common and ongoing; quotidian and unending. Yet its history – like all history – is being written in Boldfaced Names and Significant Dates, especially those from the near past. Like the moon that eclipses the sun because it is closer to our frame of reference, the enormity of that moment of the AIDS crisis threatens to blind us to both the sprawling present and the unknowable future. Moreover, the significance of this artist or that day is always less than the significance of the cumulative reality of life in the time of AIDS.
In EVERYDAY, we bring together work that engages with the “now” of AIDS, both historically and currently. Some of the work uses the materials of AIDS, from pills to pamphlets, while other pieces chronicle daily responses, from protest to prayer. Much of the work speaks in the vernacular of its own moment, whether that be wheatpaste, VHS, or an app. Some of it is made by professional artists whose gift is to speak of and to the world around them, while other pieces were made by intuitive creators who were driven to respond to the crisis as one mode of survival – the same spirit that drove us to make this exhibition.
Someday we will have a cure, and the infrastructure and political will to get it to everyone who needs it. But until then, AIDS is EVERYDAY.
The exhibition includes artwork by Babycastles, Anne Balsamo, Barton Lidice Beneš, Jean Carlomusto, Curtis Carman, Paul Chisholm, Ian Clyde, darkroom danny, T de Long, Chloe Dzubilo, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, fierce pussy, Avram Finkelstein, Peggy Frank, Fuck Laws Flash Collective, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Carl George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Hanning, Eva Hayward, Mark S. King, Kia Labeija, Carol Leigh, Nancer Lemoins, Gin Louie, Joyce McDonald, Juanita Muhammed, Ray Navarro, Luna Luis Ortiz, Grahame Perry, Poster Virus, Edward Rochschild, LJ Roberts, Randy Freedomclay Rogers, Fabian Rios Rubino, Dudley Saunders, Loren Schmidt, James Simmonds, Michael Slocum, Southern AIDS Living Quilt, Hugh Steers, Nelson Sullivan, Justin Terry-Smith, Prashast Thapan, The NAMES Project, James Wentzy, Frederick Weston, Jessica Whitbread, Albert Winn and Tanya Wischerath.