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.

OCTOBER 1

October journal publishes the seminal issue “AIDS: Cultural Analysis / Cultural Activism” edited by Douglas Crimp. (1987)

OCTOBER 2

Actor Rock Hudson dies. (1985)

ACT UP’s Youth Brigade (later known as YELL-Youth Education Life Line) begins distributing condoms and safer sex/clean needle information outside New York City schools. (1989)

OCTOBER 3

Frederick Weston joins The Momentum Project. (1995)

Traveling exhibition Art AIDS America opens at the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. (2015)

OCTOBER 4

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OCTOBER 6

Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc A. Montagnier, for their discovery of HIV. (2008)

OCTOBER 7

ACT UP Housing Committee joins the Housing Now! march on Washington. (1989)

OCTOBER 8

OCTOBER 9

FDA approves didanosine, brand name Videx. (1991)

OCTOBER 10

Mark S. King’s best friend, Lesley Donnell, dies of AIDS-related complications. (1986)

OCTOBER 11

The Ashes Action—ACT UP’s first political funeral march to scattering the ashes of loved ones on the White House lawn. (1992)

OCTOBER 12

FDA approves raltegravir, brand name Isentress. (2007)

OCTOBER 13

LJ Roberts born. (1980)

Paulo Longo, Coordinator of the Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) in Brazil and human rights activist dies. (2004)

OCTOBER 14

 

OCTOBER 15

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day; Mapping No Boundaries: Art. AIDS. Action. exhibition presented by Visual AIDS opens in NYC. (1998)

OCTOBER 16

Release exhibition co-presented by Visual AIDS opens at the

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. (2003)

OCTOBER 17

 

OCTOBER 18

ACT UP NY and union members protest lack of desks or phones for caseworkers at the Department of AIDS Services. (1989)

OCTOBER 19

Kia Labeija loses her mother, Kwan Bennett, to AIDS related complications. (2004)

OCTOBER 20

FDA approves fosamprenavir (fosamprenavir calcium, FOS-APV, FPV), brand name Lexiva. (2003)

OCTOBER 21

 

OCTOBER 22

AIDS becomes the first disease ever debated on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. (1987)

OCTOBER 23

Barton Lidicé Beneš’ monograph Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, and Other Metamorphic Rubbish is published. (2002)

OCTOBER 24

 

OCTOBER 25

 

OCTOBER 26

FDA approves tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (tenofovir DF, TDF), brand name Viread. (2001)

OCTOBER 27

 

OCTOBER 28

Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act is signed into law and begins a wave of targeting sex workers under the guise of trafficking prevention. (2000)

OCTOBER 29

OCTOBER 30

Ryan White Treatment Extension Act of 1990 passes Congress. (1990)

OCTOBER 31

ACT UP Housing Committee passes out candy, condoms and literature about AIDS and homelessness in front of Trump Tower. (1989)


About the Artwork

Kia Labeija, Grandmother Willow, 2015, Digital photograph

Grandmother Willow is the fourth image of my 24 series. I stand beneath a willow tree in Central Park where I visited frequently with my mother from the time I was four or five. Both my grandmother’s and mother’s ashes reside there. The tree fell over and was cut down entirely in 2016.

—Kia Labeija

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.