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New York Archives Week 2023: Lives and Legacies of the Visual AIDS Archive

  • Friday, October 13, 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Online or In-Person (See Event for Details)

AIDs related archival materials

Photo courtesy of Visual AIDS

Organization: Visual AIDS

Event Title: Lives and Legacies of the Visual AIDS Archive

Event Type: Virtual and/or In-Person

Event Location: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Event Date: October 13th, 2023

Event Time: 2:00 PM — 7:30 PM

Visual AIDS and the Whitney Museum of American Art present a day-long symposium highlighting the lives and legacies documented in the Visual AIDS Archive, the largest collection of images and biographical information about HIV-positive artists.

The event highlights two new archival initiatives at Visual AIDS: the Visual AIDS Research Fellowship, which supports scholarship on artists lost to AIDS, and The Body as an Archive, an oral history project that pairs HIV-positive artists in intimate conversation.

The day concludes with a keynote presentation by Marika Cifor, author of Viral Cultures: Activist Archiving in the Age of AIDS (University of Minnesota Press, 2022). Drawing on the Visual AIDS Archive, Cifor explores vital nostalgia, the act of preserving activism of the past while remaining attuned to the contemporary stakes of the ongoing AIDS crisis. Additionally, Cifor will be joined by curator and archivist Sur Rodney (Sur) and together they will consider the history of the Visual AIDS Archive and reflect on the growth and development of the project over the past three decades.

Program is free with RSVP. Register to attend in-person or online here.

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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