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.
World AIDS Day is launched by the World Health Organization. (1988)
Day With(out) Art is launched by Visual AIDS. (1989)
ACT UP holds its first major fundraiser, an art auction co-chaired by David Hockney and Annie Leibovitz. (1989)
AIDS activists from all over the country return to the CDC in Atlanta to demand the immediate expansion of its narrow definition of AIDS as well as a future policy of updating the list every six months. (1990)
ACT UP/LA meets for the first time in West Hollywood. (1987)
Chloe Dzubilo born. (1960)
FDA approves Invirase (saquinavir) the first protease inhibitor for use in combination with other medications. (1995)
Angels in America premieres on HBO, based on the play by Tony Kushner. (2003)
Frederick Weston born.
Grahame Perry born in England. (1959)
Danny Cockerline, Canadian sex worker and AIDS activist, dies of AIDS related complications. (1995)
T De Long born.
First national Conference on Women and HIV Infection held in Washington DC. (1990)
Singer Sylvester dies of AIDS-related complications. (1988)
Latino Commission on AIDS is formed in response to the lack of HIV prevention and care for the Latinx community. (1990)
Ryan White diagnosed HIV positive. (1984)
The Centers for Disease Control expands the definition of AIDS to include those living with HIV with a CD4 count below 200. (1992)
LJ Roberts attends protests against the censorship of David Wojnarowicz in the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition. (2010)
Long-term survivor Grahame Perry dies suddenly in his home. (2015)
Philadelphia premieres in the US and wins two Academy Awards. (1993)
FDA approves an oral HIV test, the first non-blood-based antibody test for HIV. (1994)
ACT UP sends New York Times’ AIDS reporter Gina Kolata a Christmas card to protest her inadequate AIDS coverage. (1989)
Andrew Hunter, Director NSWP, Australian Sex Worker, dies. (2013)
Photographer Herb Ritts dies. (2002)
Justin B. Terry-Smith born. (1979)
AIDS-denialist activist Christine Maggiore dies of AIDS-related complications. (2008)
The World Health Organizations estimates 36.7 million people are living with HIV world wide. (2015)
About the Artwork
I did this image as part of an ongoing series about homeless women. I talked with women on the streets and drew their portraits, and put those together with quotes. I was particularly moved by what this woman said because it rang so true. We ignore older and marginalized women at a great loss. —Nancer Lemoins
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.