Clecio Lira, African Pietà, 2013, Digital Photograph on Plexiglass, 50 x 50 In.
ART & AIDS: Amor y Pasión
Jan 22 - Feb 01, 2015
Despite years of progress, today we find that the war against AIDS and HIV is not over. There are more than 50,000 new infections each year and there are over 100,000 people living with the disease in New York City alone, many dealing with the stigma associated with their infection.
For the sixth year, the Leslie-Lohman Museum offers this exhibition in conjunction with the Art & AIDS Program at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first and leading organization devoted to addressing the needs of people facing AIDS/HIV. Some of the work is an outcome of the art classes at GMHC’s Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center.
Here we show the creative expression of artists—professional and novice, from those recently diagnosed to long-term survivors as they explore isolation, fear, stigma, loss, as well as faith, spirituality, beauty, nature, and love. The work is available for sale and all proceeds go to the individual artists. Selected pieces are available for sale through a Silent Auction that will benefit the programs at GMHC.
This year the work is displayed alongside work by Keith Haring, as we borrowed six significant pieces from a series called Bad Boys to mark the 25th anniversary of Haring’s death.
Opening in June 2015 and running through 2017, the Leslie-Lohman Museum will be one of the sponsors of a touring exhibition called Art, AIDS, America. That exhibition will showcase 30 years of art responding to the AIDS epidemic, traveling to the Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Bronx Museum and venues in San Francisco and Atlanta.