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.
1st nationally coordinated civil disobedience about HIV/AIDS at the White House. (1987)
NOT OVER exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2013)
Visual AIDS partners with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to launch the Red Ribbon at the 45th Annual Tony Awards. (1991)
To Believe exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2010)
Tainted Love exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2009)
Grahame Perry exhibits his Every AIDS Obituary (2014) and Long-Term Survivor Project. (2015)
Barton Lidicé Beneš receives inaugural Visual AIDS Vanguard Award. (2006)
HIV Long-term Survivors Day; CDC publishes first official report of the AIDS crisis. (1981)
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP, a documentary film about the beginning and progress of AIDS activism, is released. (2012)
New York Court of Appeals vacates conviction of aggravated assault for David Plunkett, an HIV-positive man who bit a police officer. (2012)
International sex workers protest during AIDS conference in Montreal including Carol Leigh, Andrew Hunter, Danny Cockerline and more. (1989)
Wigstock: The Movie featuring Chloe Dzubilo is released. (1995)
Hugh Steers born (1962)
The Denver Principles—guidelines developed by people with AIDS for medical professionals—are shared publicly for the first time. (1983)
Iowa Supreme Court reverses the conviction of Nick Rhoades, previously given a 25-year sentence for exposing a man to HIV. (2014)
ACT UP joins holistic health advocates for a Health Freedom Rally near the Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (1992)
Where Did The Love Go? campaign launched by Visual AIDS. (2007)
CBS broadcasts HIV & AIDS: Awareness & Compassion, an interfaith special on religion and HIV. (2012)
Singer Peter Allen dies of AIDS-related complications. (1992)
AIDS activists demonstrate at the 6th International Conference on AIDS in San Francisco to highlight the demands of the HIV/AIDS community and to protest the new HIV travel ban to the US. (1990)
Luna Luis Ortiz born. (1972)
ACT UP’s four-day, 24/7 protest at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, demands more clinical trials of drugs other than AZT and more PWAs in the trials. (1987)
FDA approves tipranavir (TPV), brand name Aptivus. (2005)
ACT UP meets with homeless people at a Tent City in City Hall Park, built to protest the city’s policy on the homeless, and gives out information on AIDS and distributes condoms. (1988)
Mark Morrisroe dies of AIDS-related complications (1989)
Long-term survivor Tony Feher dies (2016)
FDA approves stavudine (d4T), brand name Zerit. (1994)
Visual AIDS launches inaugural Play Smart safer sex trading cards for NYC Pride. (2010)
French philosopher Michel Foucault dies of AIDS-related complications. (1984)
U.S. Congress enacts the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, including people living with HIV/AIDS. (1990)
The NAMES Project displays the first 40 panels of The AIDS Quilt from the Mayor’s balcony at San Francisco City Hall. (1987)
Gran Fury’s Pope Piece exhibited at the Venice Biennale. (1990)
Visual AIDS exhibitions SIDE X SIDE opens at La MaMa Galleria (2008) and House In Vermont: prvtdncr & bodega vendetta opens at Printed Matter. (2013)
Grahame Perry has first IV-drip infusions of Compound (non-FDA approved drug derived from Chinese Cucumber root). (1990)
Ryan White is denied admittance to his middle school after AIDS diagnosis at age 13. (1985)
About the Artwork
This poster was made for the fierce pussy mobile (1994), and later wheatpasted on the streets of New York City. Using a borrowed art-moving truck, fp wheatpasted the truck with large-scale posters, and enlisted friends to drive the truck around NYC during Pride weekend of Stonewall 25—the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. The fierce pussy mobile was a do-it-yourself moving billboard. The posters were produced on color Xerox machines after hours at our day jobs at magazines. At the end of the weekend, the truck was taken to the car wash, posters removed and the truck was returned to the art mover.
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.