December #66 : The Art Of Living - by Shana Naomi Krochmal

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The Viral Lowdown: Can You Believe What She Says?

The Viral Lowdown: Say What

The Viral Lowdown: Word Is Out For New HIVers

The Viral Lowdown: Dishing Out the Denial

The Viral Lowdown: Pharma Flubs Phase IV

The Viral Lowdown: Lack of Leadership Leaves Latinos In Lethal Lurch

The Viral Lowdown: Mystery: Partially Positive

The Viral Lowdown: Prison Death Prompts Probe

The Viral Lowdown: African AIDS Under a TAC

The Viral Lowdown: All Dolled Up: Rx Abuse High Among Gay HIVers


The Viral Lowdown: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

The Viral Lowdown: News Flash: The Sky Isn't Falling!

The Viral Lowdown: HIVers in Hock to Homophobia

Tales of the (Safer Sex) City

Clean, Sober...and Medicated?

The Secret Plot to Destroy African Americans


The Art Of Living

Summit, Some More

Channel Surfing

Shout Out

Lights! Camera! Handcuffs?

Quick Picks

Life Is Sweet

Packing Meat, Just Barely

A Cell of One’s Own


Doing AIDS Justice

Petal Pusher

Carry On, MP

Milk Got You?

Comfort Zone

Big Science Kicker

Herb Of The Month

Protease Progeny

It Takes Guts

Between A Recovery And A Hard Place

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 2000

The Art Of Living

by Shana Naomi Krochmal

It’s such a hard blow to lose someone you love,” says dancer Bryan Haynes (right), who took part in the fifth annual HIV/AIDS and the Arts Conference in New York City this fall. “As an individual and an artist, you’re faced with the same thing: to figure out what to do with that understanding.“ When Haynes’ older brother died of AIDS in 1990, he turned to what he knew best: a creative expression of the loss and love his family could not convey.

To dramatize the enormous loss of life and promise AIDS visited on the arts community, the organization Visual AIDS established A Day Without Art in 1989, covering Picassos, silencing symphonies and darkening Broadway on December 1. But with the breathtaking blackouts of the early ’90s yielding to boredom and burnout, the new millennium marks a subtle but significant shift. This year, rather than conjuring the never-to-be-made in the arts nationwide, Visual AIDS will focus on giving aid and comfort to the living. “We want to support those who are surviving with HIV,” says assistant director Nelson Satos, who will work with the group to HIVers to spend the day in residence at schools, galleries and museums.

Doneley Meris, founder of the HIV Arts Network and organizer of the conference in New York City, is already planning similar events that combine panels, workshops and performances across the country in 2001. “It’s a healing community event,” he says. “And so much of the art being created has shifted. It’s less about ‘AIDS’ and more about artists living their lives.”

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