Monday, December 1, 2008

Day Without Art

Today is World AIDS Day and Day Without Art.

"Day Without Art (DWA) began on December 1st 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. 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, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about 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 take part. "

If you like to read books, I just finished one called Beyond Shame by Patrick Moore.
It's about gay history, radical sexuality, and the AIDS crisis.
Dude was involved with ACT UP back in the day and also worked for The Estate Project.
At the end of the book there's a list of names of people from the art world who died of AIDS.
It's about thirty pages long.

The posters below are from the New York Public Library Archive.
Most of them were created by ACT UP and Gran Fury.

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