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.
Tim Bailey Political Funeral organized by the Marys, an ACT UP affinity group, is brought to Washington DC, activists face a stand off with police. (1993)
FDA approves emtricitabine (FTC) brand name Emtriva. (2003)
The New York Times publishes the first major news story about HIV, “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals,” by Lawrence K. Altman. (1981)
Ryan White speaks before 8,400 teachers at the National Education Association convention in New Orleans. (1988)
Justin B. Terry-Smith starts HIV medication. (2008)
Albert J. Winn born. (1943)
ACT UP protests for an end to the exclusion of HIV-positive prisoners from the family reunion program. (1991)
A class action suit is filed on HIV-positive prisoners’ behalf by Prisoners Legal Services. (1991)
Barton Lidicé Beneš’ lover, Howard Meyer, dies of AIDS-related complications. (1989)
FDA approves Atripla a combination of efavirenz, emtricitabine, and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. (2006)
The National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States is first released by the Obama administration. (2010)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announce first evidence that antiretroviral drugs can also prevent new infections. (2011)
Elizabeth Glaser and Bob Hattoy are the first people living with HIV to speak at the Democratic National Convention. (1992)
Rock Hudson appearance at a press conference on Doris Day’s ranch in Carmel, California, became international news due to his gaunt and frail appearance and slurred speech. It was rumored that Hudson had AIDS. (1985)
Joyce McDonald experiences sudden health scare and unwarranted firing of her primary physician. (2016)
The Food and Drug Administration announces the approval of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). (2012)
Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz by Cynthia Carr is published. (2012)
At National Conference on AIDS in the Black Community, a group of minority leaders meets with the U.S. Surgeon General. (1986)
Artist and activist David Wojnarowicz dies at age 37. (1992)
The AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed in its entirety for the first time since 1996, during the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. (2012)
ReMixed Messages exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at Fathom Gallery, DC. (2012)
A large international study finds evidence that people taking HIV treatment can now expect to live into their 60s and beyond. (2008)
The term AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is proposed to replace GRID (gay-related immune deficiency). (1982)
Luna Luis Ortiz infection/rebirth.
AIDS Project Los Angeles holds the world’s first AIDS Walk. (1985)
The first annual Last Address Tribute Walk by Visual AIDS is lead by Alex Fialho. (2013)
David Wojnarowicz’s political funeral procession takes place in New York City. (1992)
About the Artwork
Sparkling Clean Toilet speaks to my feelings and concerns about being HIV+. Am I defying death each day living with the virus, or am I losing my “sparkle?” If I’m infected, does that mean that I am “unclean?” Am I spending much of my time in the bathroom on the toilet because of the side effects of the medications, or because the virus is doing a number on my gut?
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.