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.

AUGUST 1

Delphine Fawundu born.

LJ Roberts and Avram Finkelstein meet for the first time at The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History (2011).

AUGUST 2

FDA approves Epzicom, a combination of abacavir and lamivudine. (2004)

AUGUST 3

At ACT UP NY, Avram Finkelstein announces the opportunity for a window display at New Museum, eventually titled Let the Record Show. This leads to the formation of the Gran Fury collective. (1987)

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AUGUST 5

Eva Hayward has 8 T-cells. (2010)

AUGUST 6

FDA approves maraviroc (MVC), brand name Selzentry. (2007)

AUGUST 7

Justin B. Terry-Smith marries Philip B Terry-Smith. (2009)

AUGUST 8

Bobbi Campbell and his partner Bobby Hilliard become the AIDS cover story of Newsweek magazine. (1983)

AUGUST 9

AUGUST 10

Paul Thek dies. (1988)

FDA approves Complera, a combination of emtricitabine, rilpivirine, and tenofovir alafenamide. (2011)

AUGUST 11

Greg Louganis presents Ryan White the gold medal he won in the three-meter springboard at the Pan American Games. (1987)

AUGUST 12

Martin Wong dies. (1999)

Randy “freedom clay” Rogers born.

AUGUST 13

Dudley Saunders speaks about Ethyl Eichelberger’s death at ACT UP. (1990)

AUGUST 14

Between Ten presented by Visual AIDS at SPIN Gallery during the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada. (2006)

AUGUST 15

Bobby Campbell, self-proclaimed “AIDS Poster Boy,” aka Sister Florence Nightmare dies. (1984)

AUGUST 16

The Black AIDS Institutes hosts the community empowerment summit, AIDS 2016: Atlanta

AUGUST 17

AUGUST 18

ACT UP members converge to protest during the RNC in Houston. (1992)

Congress enacts the Ryan White CARE Act providing $220.5 million in funds for HIV care in first year. (1990)

AUGUST 19

Mary Fisher gives “A Whisper of AIDS” speech at the Republican National Convention. (1992)

Curtis Carman rekindles love for music. (1989)

AUGUST 20

AIDS activists disrupt a speech by George Bush at a $1,000-a-plate fundraising luncheon. (1992)

AUGUST 21

John Hanning born. (1961)

AUGUST 22

FDA approves Triumeq, a combination of abacavir, dolutegravir, and lamivudine. (2014)

AUGUST 23

FDA approves Serostim to treat wasting symptoms in people with AIDS. (1996)

Ryan White 2016 Conference on HIV Care and Treatment kicks off.

AUGUST 24

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AUGUST 26

Ministry of Health launches the first ever self-testing initiative in Vietnam. (2016)

AUGUST 27

FDA approves Stribild, a combination of elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. (2012)

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AUGUST 29

Long time activist Elizabeth Taylor creates the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. (1991)

AUGUST 30

John Hanning requests copies of his medical records and moves home to Arkansas to die. (1995)

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About the Artwork

darkroom danny, Appointments, 2015, Digital photograph

Appointments—a self portrait. As the virus silently replicated in my body I came to hear and know its presence through the numbers the doctors reeled off at my hospital appointments. Like a cartographer’s lines chart the land, my scribbles mapped the virus’s course.

—darkroom danny

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.