Day With(out) Art/ World AIDS Day 2022
To mark Day With(out) Art/ World AIDS Day 2022, the Grey Art Gallery will present a one-day installation of art and ephemera that explores the activism of Tom Sokolowski, former Grey director and founding member of Visual AIDS. Sokolowski played a crucial role in establishing the first Day With(out) Art in 1989 and—along with members of the Visual AIDS Artists’ Caucus—creating the iconic red ribbon in 1991. He made the Grey into a site for social change by mounting some of the first AIDS-related art exhibitions in the US, such as Don’t Consecrate, Mourn. Don’t Mourn, Consecrate (1987) by Juan González, Rosalind Solomon: Portraits in the Time of AIDS (1988), Australian AIDS Posters (1992), and The AIDS Bottle Project (1992).
The contemporary arts organization Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
Click here to read an interview with Sokolowski by Ksenia M. Soboleva on “Curating in the Time of AIDS.”