Visual AIDS: World AIDS Day, Day With(out) Art

Every year Day With(out) Art events take place around the world as an International Day of action and mourning to raise AIDS awareness and show support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

This year Visual AIDS presents:


Launching TODAY, December 1, 2016, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE shares the daily and habitual practices of nine artists and activists who use their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS.


New Museum235 Bowery, New York NY 10002TONIGHT: Thursday December 1, 7:00–9:00PMScreening and artist talk featuring James Wentzy, Luna Luis Ortiz and Carol Leigh, moderated by Jean Carlomusto Over 70 screening locations worldwide – find a location near you here or watch online now.

For the 2016 Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS presents COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. This hour-long video program will be distributed internationally to museums, art institutions, schools and AIDS organizations.

From video diaries to civil disobedience, holiday specials and backstage antics, Betamax to YouTube, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE displays a diversity of artistic approaches, experiences, and expectations. The compulsive video practices of these artists serve many purposes—outlet, lament, documentation, communication, empowerment, healing—and have many tones—obsessive, driven, poetic, neurotic, celebratory. COMPULSIVE PRACTICE demonstrates the place of technology, self-expression, critique, and community in the many decades and the many experiences of artists and activists living with HIV/AIDS.

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE highlights subjects ranging from historic actions against government neglect to contemporary issues such as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and living with an undetectable viral load. Altogether, the program charts over three decades of AIDS-related video production in the face of the ongoing crisis.

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan for Visual AIDS. Participating video makers and artists include Juanita Mohammed, Ray Navarro (1964–1990), Nelson Sullivan (1948–1989), the Southern AIDS Living Quilt, James Wentzy, Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, and Justin B. Terry-Smith.

COMPULSIVE PRACTICE is presented in conjunction with the Visual AIDS exhibition Everyday at La MaMa Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street, NYC, on view through December 10. 

Visual AIDS launched the first Day Without Art in 1989, and we continue to present programs that inspire, witness, and provoke dialogue about HIV/AIDS today.  As we remember friends and family on this day–we also ask for your support to continue to present important programs like this.  Please give if you can.  

-Visual AIDS

Working America: Opening Night Panel

Working In America Opening Night Panel
September 14th, 2016 - 6:00pm
Harold Washington Library - Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

Project&, in collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario, presents Working in America, a multimedia exhibit designed by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects, conceived and curated by Jane M Saks and hosted by Chicago Public Library. The exhibit is on display September 14 to January 30 at Harold Washington Library Center, 3rd Floor North.

"Working in America takes an intimate look at how we feel about work.

Through powerful photographs and honest stories, Working in America explores the relationships between the social, cultural, physical and psychological realities of work that shape everyday life.

Inspired by Studs Terkel’s influential book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, the exhibit profiles 24 people whose experiences represent the daily challenges and triumphs of working. Veterans, janitors, tech workers, farmers, athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, elected officials and others tell their stories in raw and authentic terms.

The narratives of Working in America allow us to explore the trials and tribulations of work as well its rewards and satisfaction.

When you check out the exhibit, you can contribute your stories of work experiences to the online repository, 'Your Working Story.' "

-Chicago Public Library

MORE ART: HOME(WARD) on view at Nathan Cummings Foundation

HOME(WARD), The Nathan Cummings Foundation, 2016-2017,

Exhibition on View:
October 27, 2016—February 2017
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Opening Reception:
October 27, 2016 (6-8pm)
RSVP: [email protected]

"Drawing on MORE ART’s 12 years of experience curating public art about housing, home, and homelessness, HOME(WARD) resonates with the tireless pursuit of New Yorkers who strive for a more equitable city. The multidisciplinary exhibition at The Nathan Cummings Foundation showcases the work of 10 contemporary artists redefining the boundaries of what it means to create a home within today’s urban context.

HOME(WARD) captures diverse artistic responses to critical issues facing the homeless and homed alike, the shifting landscape of activism among seemingly relentless gentrification and displacement, and the persistent challenges new immigrants overcome as they strive build a new home in a new place. Among others, the exhibit includes Andres Serrano’s Residents of New York, a series of
large scale photographic portraits originally exhibited in the West 4th Street Subway Station (2014); an interactive installation based on events staged in numerous  private residences as part of William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton’s 2016 series, MONTH2MONTH; and new artworks created by MORE ART’s Engaging Artists Residents currently working with community organizations that provide much needed social services for the city’s most vulnerable foreign born aging populations." -

see website for information and viewing hours.