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ART & AIDS: 35 Years of Survival, Curated by GMHC, to Open at NYC

11.9.2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org

 

Exhibition will commemorate GMHC’s 35th anniversary and will feature dozens of works created by people living with HIV and AIDS

 

New York, NY (November 7, 2017)—Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will team up for the 6th “ART & AIDS” exhibition, “35 Years of Survival,” which will commemorate GMHC’s 35th anniversary and will feature dozens of works from more than 50 artists living with HIV and AIDS. GMHC board member Osvaldo Perdomo and GMHC art instructor David Livingston curated the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on view at the museum (26 Wooster Street) from November 15 – December 30, 2017, with an official opening night reception on November 30—the eve of World AIDS Day. This will be the first “ART & AIDS” exhibition to be showcased in the Leslie-Lohman Museum’s expanded exhibition space.

The artworks, created in a variety of media, are the products of GMHC clients and weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work & Wellness Center. Art instructors donate their time to teach classes for GMHC’s clients (who include both professional and non-professional artists).

This year, for the first time, the artists will sell their exhibited works on gmhc.org. Proceeds from the sale will allow the artists to increase their financial independence, which is particularly important for those who live on a limited income.

“This year’s ART & AIDS exhibition commemorates not only 35 years of GMHC working to end the AIDS epidemic, but also the amazing new exhibition space at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “For many of our participating client artists, creating these works was a healing experience to help them express their emotions about living with HIV/AIDS. We’re so grateful to be able to partner with the Leslie-Lohman again, and to give our clients the opportunity to showcase their work in such a landmark museum.”

For nearly 25 years as a non-profit organization, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art has provided an outlet for art work that is unambiguously gay and frequently denied access to mainstream venues. Founded by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman, the museum continues to mount exhibitions of work in all media by gay and lesbian artists with an emphasis on subject matter that speaks directly to gay and lesbian sensibilities—including erotic, political, romantic, and social imagery—and providing special support for emerging and underrepresented artists.

“Throughout its history, the Leslie-Lohman Museum has been at the service of artists, so we’re thrilled to continue that tradition and offer our galleries to this group of talented artists,” said Gonzalo Casals, the museum’s Executive Director. “There is nothing more empowering than to see ourselves and our experiences reflected in society. ‘ART & AIDS: 35 Years of Survival’ is an opportunity to showcase the lives and experiences of HIV-positive individuals in a celebratory light while they continue to defy stereotypes.”

Exhibition Information
On view from Wednesday, November 15 – Saturday, December 30

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street (between Canal and Grand Streets)
New York City

Open to the public. Free of charge.

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 30
6 –8 pm

Panel Discussion: The Influence of Art in the AIDS Epidemic
Thursday, December 7
6–8 pm

Participants:
Sally Fisher, artist and philanthropist
Luna Ortiz, artist and Senior Community Health Specialist, GMHC·
Nelson Santos, former Executive Director, Visual AIDS
Robert Vázquez-Pacheco, activist

Free with RSVP: https://artaids.eventbrite.com

 

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit  www.gmhc.org.