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.
Mark S. King becomes director of AIDS Survival Project. (1993)
AmfAR announces the launch of Countdown to a Cure for AIDS, a $100 million research initiative aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020. (2014)
Visual AIDS and Jessica Whitbread open Love Positive Women exhibition with readings and reflections at Dieu Donne. (2016)
Piano virtuoso Liberace dies of AIDS-related complications. (1987)
The International Olympic Committee rules that athletes with HIV are eligible to compete in the Games. (1992)
Professional tennis player Arthur Ashe dies of an AIDS-related illness. (1993)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Transdisciplinary artist Dudley Saunders performs In These Boxes at Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, LA. A mix of live music, narratives and video art, the performance explores the need to keep the dead from disappearing by holding on to their things. (2014)
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)
Memorial service and celebration honoring photographer Grahame Perry’s life is held in San Francisco. (2016)
National Condom Day
POZ Personals, a dating service for people living with HIV, launches on Valentine’s Day. (2005)
The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) announces it has ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy. (2013)
Artist Keith Haring dies of AIDS-related complications. (1990)
Randy Shilts, the U.S. journalist who covered the AIDS epidemic and wrote And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, dies of an AIDS-related illness at age 42. (1994)
Derek Jarman dies of AIDS-related complications. (1994)
Visual AIDS exhibition Arts’ Communities/AIDS Communities opens at Boston Center for the Arts. (1998)
Justin B. Terry-Smith begins an HIV advice column in A&U Magazine (2012)
Justin B. Terry-Smith receives his MA in Public Health. (2015)
Visual AIDS launches DUETS: Che Gossett & Alice O’Malley in Conversation on Chloe Dzubilo. (2015)
Olympic gold-medalist Greg Louganis announces on ABC’s 20/20 that he is living with HIV. (1995)
We Were Here, a documentary by David Weissman, premieres at The Castro Theatre in San Francisco. (2011)
Indiana state health officials announce an HIV outbreak linked to injection drug use in Scott County. By the end of the year, Indiana confirms 184 new cases of HIV linked to the outbreak. (2015)
President Barack Obama announces that Jeffrey Crowley will be the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy to coordinate efforts to address the ongoing AIDS crisis. (2009)
The Elton John AIDS Foundation hosts its 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. The event raises $7 million for the global effort to end AIDS. (2017)
New York City Board of Education votes to distribute condoms in public high schools. (1991)
The first episode of the miniseries When We Rise airs on ABC. The epic retelling of the LGBT civil rights movement spans four decades and is based on real-life pioneers. (2017)
Wilhemina’s War, a documentary about Wilhemina Dixon, an African-American woman in South Carolina who helps her granddaughter navigate the struggles of living with HIV, premieres on PBS. (2016)
About the Artwork
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.