(re)Presenting AIDS: Culture and Accountability

How “should” HIV/AIDS be represented in the public sphere?

Tuesday, August 20th 2013 6-8pm
Skylight Room (9100) The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue New York NY
Free and open to the public. RSVP to Ted at: tkerr@visualAIDS.org
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/357870844343507/

How “should” HIV/AIDS be represented in the public sphere?
In what ways do museums and galleries create history as much as they display it?
When “history” still has dire consequences for the present moment, what kind of engagement should historical institutions have with the communities whose stories they are telling?

Coming off the heels of the NY TIMES op-ed, How to Whitewash a Plague, Visual AIDS and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History are proud to host a public forum exploring the role museums, galleries and cultural institutions play, and can play, when presenting exhibitions related to HIV/AIDS.

This forum will include voices involved in the curation, marketing and administrating of AIDS related exhibitions, as well as artists, critics, and others with an invested interests.The evening will be an interactive discussion with an opportunity to consider what are the needs and wants related to an exhibition about HIV/AIDS, and a chance to tackle the following questions:

1. What responsibility do institutions with little to no relationship with those most impacted by HIV/AIDS have when mounting an exhibition related to the ongoing epidemic?

2. As a community of people living with, and impacted by HIV, what do we want from cultural institutions when they engage with HIV/AIDS as a topic?

3. As the crisis of AIDS continues, how do we ensure that the stories that need to be shared are told and heard by those who need them the most?

Confirmed Guests:
Hugh Ryan, Founding Director, Pop-Up Museum of Queer History
Hunter O’Hanian, Museum Director, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Jason Baumann, Collections Strategy/LGBT Collections, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library
Jim Hubbard, filmmaker, curator, archivist
Karl McCool, Assistant Director, Dirty Looks
Kris Nuzzi, Curator, Not Over
and more!

Organized by Visual AIDS and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History. Co-sponsored by The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS).
All are welcome. Please RSVP. Capacity is 80 people.

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