Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day
December 1, 2010
Visual AIDS and Ira Sachs partner to mark over 20 years of action and remembrance of Day With(out) Art by sreening Last Address today, December 1, 2010, at the Whitney, New Museum, Museum of Art & Design, El Museo del Barrio, Tate Modern, The Getty, Andy Warhol Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, Museum of Sex, Nakamura Keith Haring Collection, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Rachel Uffner Gallery, Cleopatra's, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Grey Art Gallery at NYU, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Union Gallery at University of Arizona, Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU, and The LGBT Center of NYC, among others.
Keith Haring, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Cookie Mueller, Joe Brainard, David Wojnarowicz, Hugh Steers, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Klaus Nomi....the list of New York artists who died of AIDS over the last several decades is countless, and the loss immeasurable. Last Address, by filmmaker Ira Sachs, uses images of the exteriors of the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where these and others were living at the time of their deaths to mark the disappearance of a generation. The film is a remembrance of that loss, as well as an evocation of the continued presence of these artists’ work in our lives and culture. Watch Last Address here and learn more about each of the artists honored in the film -- including biographies, interviews, performance videos, audio recordings, and essays.
Ira Sachs is a filmmaker whose work includes the features Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997), and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Forty Shades of Blue (2005). He is the co-founder and curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. Visual AIDS launched Day With(out) Art as a World AIDS Day initiative in 1989 to mourn those we have lost and to promote a broader awareness of the crisis. As the AIDS crisis and our understanding of it evolve, so must our actions. Visual AIDS continues to produce thought-provoking exhibitions, events and artist editions promoting HIV preventions and AIDS Awareness.
Image: Ira Sachs, still from Last Address, 2010, running time 8:36 min. Manhattan's London Terrace, the final residences of filmmaker Howard Brookner, playwright Harry Kondoleon, and artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres.