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)
FDA approves Genvoya, a combination of elvitegravir, cobicistat, emtricitabine, and tenofovir alafenamide fumarate. (2015)
Visual AIDS launches the Artists+ Registry online. (2012)
Grahame Perry diagnosed HIV positive. (1988)
Grahame Perry’s last exhbition Materials of Survival – Designs for Living with HIV opens at Magnet in San Francisco. (2015)
The Wall Street Journal reports on the “cure” of the “Berlin Patient.” (2008)
Larry Kramer’s gives The Tragedy of Today’s Gays speech at Cooper Union. (2004)
Angels in America by Tony Kusher premieres at Mark Taper Forum Theatre, Los Angeles. (1992)
Visual AIDS launches DUETS: Dean Daderko & Elaine Reichek In Conversation on Nicolas Moufarrege. (2016)
Gang Girls featuring Chloe Dzubilo premieres at the MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival. (1999)
Pedro Zamora, AIDS educator and member of The Real World: San Francisco cast, dies of AIDS-related complications. (1994)
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is established in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. (1996)
American Medical Association declares that doctors have an ethical obligation to care for people with AIDS. (1987)
World Trade Organization announces the Doha Declaration, affirms the rights of developing countries to buy or manufacture generic medications. (2001)
Hugh Steers: The Complete Paintings is published by Visual AIDS. (2015)
Nan Goldin organizes Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, an exhibition of New York artists responding to the AIDS crisis at Artists Space. (1989)
Barton Lidice Beneš born. (1942)
Everyday exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens at La MaMa Galleria. (2016)
FDA approves lamivudine (3TC), brand name Epivir (1995)
YELL demonstrates at the Board of Education in New York to promote HIV/AIDS education in New York City Public Schools. (1992)
Model Gia Carangi dies of AIDS-related complications. (1986)
Peggy Frank put on palliative care.
President Obama signs HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, which allows people living with HIV to receive organs from other HIV-positive donors. (2013)
fierce pussy’s For The Record exhibition and broadsides for Visual AIDS opens at Printed Matter. (2013)
Singer-songwriter and Queen frontman Freddy Mercury dies of AIDS related complications. (1991)
Trump Tower Thanksgiving Action—ACT UP protests a lack of housing for PWA’s while New York City gives tax breaks to wealthy developers. (1988)
Feliz Gonzales-Torres born. (1957)
Peter Hujar dies of AIDS related complications. (1987)
Congress enacts the AIDS Housing Opportunity Act and creates the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program the following year. (1990)
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.