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.
Hugh Steers dies of AIDS-related complications. (1995)
Visual AIDS, an organization that supports HIV-positive artists, issues its first press release, announcing its formation and the proposal of its first project, Day Without Art. (1989)
Paul Chisolm diagnosed HIV positive while in Switzerland. (2007)
The Food and Drug Administration approves a screening test for HIV (known as ELISA) that detects antibodies to the virus. (1985)
Peggy Frank meets another HIV-positive woman for the first time after her own diagnosis.
Ryan White, the HIV-positive teenager who became a national spokesperson for AIDS education, testifies before the President’s Commission on AIDS. (1988)
The Political Funeral procession for Aldyn McKean marches from 14th Street to Union Square Park.
Dudley Saunders born.
ACT UP NY’s Needle Exchange Committee is formed. (1990)
Grahame Perry comes out to his parents. (1980)
Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe dies of AIDS-related complications. (1989)
Photographer Tseng Kwong Chi dies of AIDS-related complications. (1990)
Larry Kramer speaks at The LGBT Community Center in New York City and calls upon those gathered to mobilize and demand an effective AIDS policy response. (1987)
The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is formed when approximately 300 people gather two days after Larry Kramer’s call to unite in anger and commit to nonviolent direct action to end the AIDS crisis. (1987)
FDA approves indinavir (indinavir sulfate, IDV), brand name Crixivan. (1996)
Justin B. Terry-Smith publishes I Have a Secret, an HIV-themed children’s book. (2011)
Mark S. King tests HIV positive. (1985)
Joyce McDonald receives ministerial title of Chaplain with the NY State Chaplain Task Force. (2012)
William F. Buckley, Jr. pens New York Times op-ed suggesting that people with AIDS should be tattooed. (1986)
William Olander, New Museum curator/ co-founder of Visual AIDS, dies of AIDS-related complications. (1989)
Nancer Lemoins born. (1956)
The FDA approves the first antiviral drug Zidovudine, better know as AZT. (1987)
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Members of ACT UP affinity group Action Tours hang a banner on New York’s City Hall reading “AIDS Hall of Shame.” (1994)
Gin Fong Louie born. (1947)
Actress and longtime AIDS activist Elizabeth Taylor dies. (2011)
darkroom danny born.
The first ACT UP action takes place on Wall Street to protest AZT’s $10,000-per-year price tag and to demand access to experimental drugs and an end to discrimination against people with AIDS. (1987)
AIDS activists protest the New York State AIDS Advisory Council’s HIV Surveillance Work Group’s proposal to create a list of people who are HIV-positive. (1998)
Appointments created by darkroom danny. (2015)
Target City Hall—ACT UP demands benefits and housing for People with AIDS. (1989)
Joyce McDonald ordained as a minister at The Church of the Open Door. (2009)
Visual AIDS presents its inaugural exhibition The First Ten at PS122. (1995)
Supreme Court hears Bragdon v. Abbott, in which a dentist refused to treat Sidney Abbott, who was HIV positive. The court rules in favor of Abbott, arguing that HIV is a condition covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (1998)
Sight of Construction exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at The LGBT Center. (2001)
About the Artwork
Illness alters the senses. Vision is viscous, as if light is a stinging syrup. You want to rub it out, but you only rub it. Eyes rubbed red and watery.
— Eva Hayward
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.