Video art was something you watched “with the lights on,” as França insisted, without pretenses of high art.
New Anthony Fauci Documentary Shows Why His Hero Image Is Flawed
Fauci is not quite a hagiography of “America’s doctor,” but it comes close. It ignores or twists the flaws in his responses to both AIDS and COVID-19.
A Tribute to Artists Lost to AIDS Left Me With Mixed Feelings
I have to credit David Zwirner for attempting to include the queer community, but I can’t help but feel conflicted about the whole initiative.
Critics Question Restaging of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s Fortune Cookie Installations During Pandemic
Galleries David Zwirner and Andrea Rosen asked 1,000 participants to recreate a work consisting of a pile of fortune cookies. But staging the work with little context, amid a global pandemic and mounting anti-Asian sentiment, struck some as poorly thought-out.
Visual AIDS Launches New Online Platform, “Not Over”
With its annual fundraiser canceled, the nonprofit encourages donations on a free online platform featuring rare videos and performances by multi-generational artists including the late Jack Smith.
A Searing, First-Person Look at the AIDS Crisis Told Through the Eyes of a Couple
The 1993 documentary Silverlake Life presents an unusual perspective on daily life with a deadly disease.
Revisiting the Provocative AIDS Art of Robert Blanchon
The artist’s aim was to “elevate the physiological aspects of HIV to a level of reality that represents the pain, loss, and massive suffering caused by this plague.”
Who Was Artist David Wojnarowicz? We Find Out
After two actions led by ACT UP activists encouraged the Whitney Museum to change a wall label, we went looking for people who could tell us who Wojnarowicz was and help us decipher his complex life and art.
Looking at Queer Constellations of Intimacy
Intimacy at Yossi Milo Gallery unites a diverse assembly of artists tracing the outline of affection from the 1980s to present day.
Where Gayness Goes in the Angels in America Revival
The revival of Tony Kushner’s play offers a lens into gayness in the dimension of history — what is intransigent, what is still promissory, and what is so profoundly disappointing.
A History of Erasing Black Artists and Bodies from the AIDS Conversation
The murderous impact of homophobia on the AIDS crisis is so apparent and traumatic that the violent, systemic racism that undergirds it gets lost.
AIDS, Abstraction, and Absent Bodies: A Conversation with Mark Bradford
At first sight, Mark Bradford’s paintings attract viewers with their bright colors and often grand scale.