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.
Ward 86, the world’s first dedicated outpatient AIDS clinic, opens at San Francisco General Hospital. (1983)
ACT UP stages action in Albany to protest New York State’s lack of attention to the AIDS epidemic. (1990)
A meeting in Larry Kramer’s apartment forms the nucleus of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first community-based AIDS service provider, now GMHC. (1982)
U.S. officially lifts the HIV travel and immigration ban. (2010)
DIVA TV inaugurates AIDS Community Television, a weekly television series and media network for AIDS activism. (1993)
World-renowned ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev dies of AIDS-related complications. (1993)
AIDS first reported among the female partners of men who had the disease, suggesting it could be passed on via heterosexual sex. (1983)
First of two days of ACT UP demonstrations demanding the immediate repeal of Georgia’s sodomy laws. (1990)
Felix Gonzales-Torres dies of AIDS-related complications. (1996)
The CDC revises AIDS definition to note newly identified virus and issues provisional guidelines for blood screening. (1985)
President Barack Obama addresses HIV in his final State of the Union Address. “Right now, we’re on track to end the scourge of HIV/AIDS.” (2016)
Joyce McDonald diagnosed HIV positive. (1995)
darkroom danny diagnosed HIV positive. (2014)
Just Say No to Cosmo—ACT UP women’s caucus responds to Cosmopolitan magazine article that claims “women are not at risk for AIDS.” (1988)
The Ryan White Story first airs on television. (1989)
The FDA approves Etravirine (ETR), brand name Intelence. (2008)
ACT UP/NY Housing Committee meets with Mayor Koch’s housing advisor to discuss lack of AIDS housing in NY. (1989)
HIV activist and UNAIDS staffer Eric Sawyer carries the Olympic flame in Calgary, Canada, as part of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. (2010)
The CDC recommends post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people exposed to HIV, saying treatment should start no more than 72 hours after a person has been exposed to the virus. (2005)
ACT UP/New York activists enter the CBS Evening News studio and shout “AIDS is news—Fight AIDS, not Arabs” during the opening broadcast. (1991)
ACT UP declares a Day of Desperation demanding that everyone realize that every day is a day of desperation for those in the AIDS community. Demonstrations are organized throughout NYC. (1991)
John Hanning diagnosed HIV positive. (1995)
The Fuck Laws Flash Collective formed at Concordia University in Montreal. (2014)
Felix Gonzales Torres’ lover, Ross Laycock, dies of AIDS-related complications. (1991)
The musical Rent opens at the New York Theatre Workshop, the same day Jonathan Larson, its author and composer, dies. (1996)
Eva Hayward born.
Ira Sachs’ film Last Address premieres at Sundance. (2010)
Doctor informs artist John Hanning that he has six months to live. He survived. (1995)
President George W. Bush announces the establishment of PEPFAR to address AIDS, across the globe, specifically in Africa, in his State of the Union address. (2003)
The FDA approves Evotaz, a combination of atazanavir and cobicistat (ATV/COBI). (2015)
Gran Fury: Read My Lips opens at 80 Washington Square East. (2012)
About the Artwork
This book was part of a series of projects about AIDS that Louie did after he was diagnosed, and are broadly autobiographical. A theme of the books is the fragility of the body and the medications used to sustain it. Another theme is sight, vision, seeing—lenses and magnifying glasses and glass marbles—and the need to orient oneself in the world, find one’s place (symbolized by the compasses, the tiny glass bottle with a sailboat in it, the bottle with a seashell, the bottle with a tiny pair of dice, the plumb bob).
– Eve Sinaiko, friend of Gin Fong Louie
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.