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.

FEBRUARY 1

Mark S. King becomes director of AIDS Survival Project. (1993)

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FEBRUARY 3

Visual AIDS and Jessica Whitbread open Love Positive Women exhibition with readings and reflections at Dieu Donne. (2016)

Olympic Rings

FEBRUARY 4

The International Olympic Committee rules that athletes with HIV are eligible to compete in the Games. (1992)

Musician Liberace dies of AIDS-related complications. (1987)

FEBRUARY 5

FEBRUARY 6

Justin B. Terry-Smith receives BA in Political Science. (2012)

FEBRUARY 7

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

FEBRUARY 8

Transdisciplinary artist Dudley Saunders performs In These Boxes at Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, LA. (2014)

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FEBRUARY 11

A coalition of groups protest the city’s failure to respond to homelessness in the face of the tax breaks given to Donald Trump. (1989)

FEBRUARY 12

FEBRUARY 13

Memorial service and celebration honoring Grahame Perry’s life. (2015)

Istock

FEBRUARY 14

The final day of Love Positive Women exhibition (February 1–14)

National Condom Day.

FEBRUARY 15

Joyce McDonald born. (1951)

FEBRUARY 16

Joyce McDonald’s first daughter born.

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FEBRUARY 18

LJ Roberts and Chloe Dzubilo meet for the first time. (2010)

FEBRUARY 19

Derek Jarman dies of AIDS-related complications. (1994)

FEBRUARY 20

Visual AIDS exhibition Arts’ Communities/AIDS Communities opens at Boston Center for the Arts. (1998)

FEBRUARY 21

Justin B. Terry-Smith starts HIV advice column in A&U Magazine (2012)

FEBRUARY 22

Justin B. Terry-Smith receives his MA in Public Health. (2015)

FEBRUARY 23

Visual AIDS launches DUETS: Che Gossett & Alice O’Malley in Conversation on Chloe Dzubilo. (2015)

Greg LouganisDreamstime.com

FEBRUARY 24

Olympic gold-medalist Greg Louganis announces on ABC’s 20/20 that he is living with HIV. (1995)

FEBRUARY 25

We Were Here, a documentary by David Weissman, premieres at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco. (2011)

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FEBRUARY 27

New York City Board of Education votes to distribute condoms in public high schools. (1991)

Joyce McDonald quits alcohol and heroin after 25 years. (1994)

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About the Artwork

Scott Treleaven, Look After Each Other, 1993, Poster produced for the PosterVirus collective / AIDS Action Now!

I wanted to come up with something evocative of the kind of imagery that’s always caught my attention (HomoCult, Gran Fury, Queer Action Figures, etc). My work generally deals with ideas of interconnectivity, continuity, and perception, so the +/- symbols made sense especially; as constructs, or visual shorthand, they deliberately fall apart and vanish at the edge of the page. As for the text, the message is simple: a broad-based, heartfelt slogan meant to imply a number of issues around awareness, community, charity, and solidarity. It’s also meant to counter the awful, exclusionary push towards “normalizing” queer culture. We’ve always watched out for each another when no one else would.

Scott Treleaven

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.