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.
2,500 activists marched on President Bush’s vacation home in Kennebunkport, Maine, to demand leadership on AIDS. After a die-in on the road to the Bushes’ house, activists unrolled a 50-foot-long banner outlining a 32-point plan to end the AIDS crisis. (1991)
Chloe Dzubilo is the first transgender person on the cover of POZ magazine. (2002)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes the first occupational HIV exposure precautions for health care workers and allied health professionals. (1983)
Grahame Perry’s ashes scattered by loved ones in the San Francisco Bay. (2016)
Activists put a giant condom over Senator Jesse Helms’s house. (1991)
Grahame Perry comes out to his sister. (1981)
Visiting Desire, film featuring Chloe Dzubilo, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. (1996)
The AIDS-themed Broadway musical Rent take its final bow. (2008)
Actor Brad Davis dies of AIDS-related complications at age 41. He played the lead role in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart. (1991)
The CDC identifies all major routes of HIV transmission—and rules out transmission by casual contact, food, water, air, or environmental surfaces. (1983)
Color Dot Connect: Curtis Carman and John Hanning exhibit presented by Visual AIDS opens at Mixed Greens gallery. (2014)
Actor Anthony Perkins, known for playing Norman Bates in Psycho, dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 60. (1992)
The PWA Housing Committee organizes a demonstration to make AIDS housing an issue in New York City Council elections. (1993)
ACT UP’s Sell Welcome action at the New York Stock Exchange stops all trading for an unprecedented 30 minutes. (1989)
ACT UP NY joins ACT UP Long Island in a demonstration protesting the lack of AIDS housing on Long Island. (1989)
President Ronald Reagan mentions AIDS publicly for the first time during a press conference. (1985)
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
Sweden becomes the first country to meet the UN 90-90-90 goal (90% of people living with HIV know their status, 90% of them are on sustained treatment, and 90% of those people achieve viral suppression). (2016)
Social media campaign “A Day With HIV In America” invites HIV-positive people to share images of their lives online. (2016)
REPEAL Act proposes a review of all laws, policies, and regulations regarding criminal prosecution for HIV-related offenses in U.S. (2011)
The Centers for Disease Control uses the term “AIDS” (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) for the first time. (1982)
The CDC releases revised HIV testing recommendations for health care settings, recommending routine HIV screening for all individuals ages 13 to 64 and yearly screening for those at high risk. (2006)
Artist and filmmaker Jack Smith dies of AIDS-related complications. (1989)
Visual AIDS launches DUETS: Stephen Andrews and Gregg Bordowitz In Conversation. (2014)
National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
New York’s attorney general and Lambda Legal file the first HIV-related discrimination lawsuit on behalf of Joseph Sonnabend, MD, and his patients. (1983)
Senate Bill 1007 Mandatory Testing of Prostitutes was signed into law in California. (1988)
About the Artwork
In the midst of the global pandemic of HIV/AIDS, I was proud to see community based participatory research done in Durham, NC that methodically brought young Black adults (18-30), community members and social scientists together to have a real conversation about ways to decrease HIV infection via increasing awareness, examining reception and potential engagement in HIV biomedical research in this area of the country. Our attitude about HIV and the people who are disproportionately infected plays a significant role in HIV prevalence and incidence around the world. We are all the face of HIV and together, we can change the “face” and the “state” of HIV.
—Randy “freedom clay” Rogers
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.