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 Lowe Fischer’s Political Funeral Procession takes place from Judson Memorial Church and ends at the Republican Headquarters on West 43rd Street. (1992)
Anthony S. Fauci, MD, is named director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (1984)
Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer announce the launch of HIV-specific drug company ViiV Healthcare. (2009)
The Health Omnibus Programs Extension (HOPE) Act becomes the first comprehensive federal AIDS bill and establishes the National Commission on AIDS and the Office of AIDS Research at the National Institutes of Health. (1988)
Visual AIDS launches the Artists+ Registry online. (2012)
The Food and Drug Administration approves Genvoya, a combination of elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine and tenofovir alafenamide fumarate. (2015)
Photographer Grahame Perry diagnoses HIV positive. (1988)
The AIDS Council of New South Wales covers the obelisk in Sydney’s Hyde Park with a bright-pink condom to raise awareness among the city’s gay men as part of the campaign to end HIV transmission by 2020. (2014)
Grahame Perry’s last exhbition Materials of Survival—Designs for Living with HIV opens at Magnet in San Francisco. (2015)
Magic Johnson announces he is HIV positive and is retiring from basketball. (1991)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the first rapid HIV diagnostic test kit for use in the United States that provides results in as little as 20 minutes. (2002)
Larry Kramer’s gives The Tragedy of Today’s Gays speech at Cooper Union. (2004)
The Wall Street Journal reports on the “cure” of the “Berlin Patient.” (2008)
Angels in America by Tony Kusher premieres at Mark Taper Forum Theatre, Los Angeles. (1992)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton releases the U.S. government’s plan for attaining an AIDS-free generation. (2011)
Visual AIDS launches DUETS: Dean Daderko & Elaine Reichek In Conversation on Nicolas Moufarrege. (2016)
Gang Girls featuring HIV-positive artist and activist Chloe Dzubilo premieres at the MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival. (1999)
Actress and writer Cookie Mueller, who starred in many of the early films of John Waters, dies of AIDS-related causes at age 40. (1989)
Pedro Zamora, AIDS educator and member of The Real World: San Francisco cast, dies of AIDS-related complications. (1994)
The National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, is designated as a national memorial. (1996)
Congress enacts the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act, honoring the Florida teenager who contracted HIV through contaminated blood products. The legislation authorizes payments to individuals with hemophilia and other blood-clotting disorders who contracted HIV via unscreened blood-clotting agents between 1982 and 1987. (1998)
The American Medical Association declares that doctors have an ethical obligation to care for people living with AIDS. (1987)
The World Trade Organization announces the Doha Declaration, which affirms the rights of developing countries to buy or manufacture generic medications. (2001)
Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings is published by Visual AIDS. (2015)
Interior designer Jay Spectre dies of pneumonia caused by AIDS at age 63 in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Nan Goldin organizes Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, an exhibition of New York artists responding to the AIDS crisis at Artists Space. (1989)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants accelerated approval for Epivir (lamivudine) for use in combination with AZT (zidovudine) in treating AIDS and HIV infection. (1995)
Actor Charlie Sheen announces he is HIV positive in a live interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today show. (2015)
Everyday exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2016)
Model Gia Carangi dies of AIDS-related complications. (1986)
ACT UP’s Youth Brigade YELL demonstrates at the Board of Education in New York to promote HIV/AIDS education in New York City Public Schools. (1992)
President Obama signs the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which allows people living with HIV to receive organs from other HIV-positive donors. (2013)
Dallas Buyers Club is released nationwide. The film is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof, an HIV-positive man who smuggled unapproved HIV drugs into the United States to meet the demands of people dying of AIDS-related complications. (2013)
The World Health Organization kicks off the first meeting to assess the global AIDS crisis and to encourage collaboration between the nations affected by the disease. (1983)
fierce pussy’s For The Record exhibition for Visual AIDS opens at Printed Matter. (2013)
Singer-songwriter and Queen frontman Freddy Mercury dies of AIDS related complications. (1991)
In the Trump Tower Thanksgiving Action, ACT UP protests a lack of housing for people living with AIDS while New York City gives tax breaks to wealthy developers. (1988)
Peter Hujar dies of AIDS related complications. (1987)
Eight-year-old Eliana Martínez dies of AIDS-related complications in Tampa, Florida. Martínez gained public attention when her mother, Rosa, fought for her to attend school without being restricted in a glass booth. (1989)
Congress enacts the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act to provide resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of people with AIDS. (1990)
Jesse Milan Jr. is named the new president and CEO of AIDS United. (2016)
The Sword of Damocles: Selections from the Archive Project presented by Visual AIDS opens at The Painting Center (2011)
David Wojnarowicz’s artwork A Fire in My Belly is removed from the Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery after complaints from the Catholic League. (2010)
About the Artwork
Celebrating my whole life, I believe these women represent the past and present coming together in the NOW! Giving God the highest praise, thanking Jesus for saving me. Hallelujah!
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.