AIDS is an everyday experience. The dates on this calendar all relate to the AIDS crisis. Some are globally known; others are drawn from personal experiences.
This online calendar is produced in partnership with Visual AIDS and is an extension of the exhibition “EVERYDAY,” which was curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan in 2016. The exhibition and accompanying print calendar explored the AIDS crisis—historically and currently—through the lens of art and ephemera that examines and evidences daily experiences and practices in response to HIV/AIDS. Artists featured in the “EVERYDAY” exhibition were invited to submit as many dates to the calendar as they desired.
We invite you to reflect upon these dates, and this artwork, in dialogue with one another. We also encourage you to submit dates of your own by clicking here. Submissions may include the date of your diagnosis, the date of the loss of a loved one to AIDS-related illness or a significant milestone in your life with HIV/AIDS.
New submissions will be continually added to the calendar because AIDS is not over.
Global activists confront big pharma in April Fool’s Day protests. (2016)
After a long silence, President Reagan delivers his first “major speech” on AIDS. (1987)
ACT UP member Rob Rafsky confronts candidate Bill Clinton at a fundraiser to demand executive action on AIDS. (1992)
Bill Clinton meets with members of ACT UP and UAA (United for AIDS Action) to discuss his AIDS policies, agrees to have people with HIV speak to the Democratic Convention. (1992)
Chloe Dzubilo dies. (2011)
ACT UP members bring Haitian Refugees with a T-cell count of less than 200 to New York from the Guantanamo detention center. (1993)
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
ACT UP members hold a sit-in outside Mayor Giuliani’s office in City Hall to protest DAS cuts. (1995)
Albert J. Winn’s monograph My Life Until Now is published by Chris Rauschenberg. (2015)
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of queer nuns devoted to promoting human rights, is founded. (1979)
1st International AIDS Conference is held in Atlanta, Georgia. (1985)
National Transgender HIV Testing Day
Group Material’s AIDS Timeline opens at the Whitney Biennial. (1991)
Silence=Death buttons proposed at ACT UP meeting (Avram Finkelstein pays for first 1000.) (1990)
Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart premieres at The Public Theater. (1985)
ACT UP/NY joins ACT UP/Atlanta to protest a South Carolina provision that would allow persons with AIDS to be quarantined. (1989)
The Lesbian Caucus of ACT UP forces Secretary of Health and Human Services to meet with 15 lesbians with AIDS. (1993)
Arne Vidar Røed, a Norwegian sailor and truck driver, dies in 1976, becoming the earliest confirmed HIV case in Europe. (1976)
Go Figure presented by Visual AIDS opens at The LGBT Center. (2002)
I, You, We opens at the Whitney Museum of Art featuring work by Hugh Steers. (2013)
Director Howard Brookner dies of AIDS-related complications. (1989)
The FDA approves the Western Blot HIV antibody test. (1987)
Grahame Perry nominated for Project Inform’s Volunteer of the Year. (1997)
About the Artwork
I took this off-the-cuff photograph of my friend and collaborator Ted Kerr at the ACT UP 25th Anniversary Protest on Wall Street in 2012. Embroidery has always been a feminist tactic I employ to make portraits of my friends that convey their day-to-day lives. Ted is steadfast in his activism, and his dedication to social justice is an everyday practice for him. Working in textiles allows me to take my work anywhere with me and is an everyday practice for me. I often stitch on the subway or at lectures or when I am hanging out with friends. Everyday, I see my friends, slowly manifesting images of them through thread.
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications—while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. Visual AIDS is committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.