ART & AIDS: 35 Years of Survival
November 15 – December 30
Co-curated by GMHC, Osvaldo Perdomo, and David Livingston
Opening: Thursday, November 30, 6 – 8PM
Panel Discussion: Thursday, December 7, 6 – 8PM, The Influence of Art in the AIDS Epidemic
ART & AIDS: 35 Years of Survival will commemorate GMHC’s 35th anniversary and will feature dozens of works created by people living with HIV and AIDS.
The artworks, created in a variety of media, are the products of GMHC clients and weekly therapeutic art classes run by GMHC’s Volunteer, Work & Wellness Center. Art instructors donate their time to teach classes for GMHC’s clients (who include both professional and non-professional artists), and teacher David Livingston, along with GMHC board member Osvaldo Perdomo, curate the exhibition.
“For many of our participating client artists, creating these works was a healing experience to help them express their emotions about living with HIV/AIDS,” says GMHC’s CEO, Kelsey Louie. “We’re so grateful to be able to partner with the Leslie-Lohman Museum again, and to give our clients the opportunity to showcase their work in such a landmark museum.”
This year, for the first time, the artists will sell their exhibited works on gmhc.org. Proceeds from the sale will allow the artists to increase their financial independence, which is particularly important for those who live on a limited income.
Image: George Towne, Larry Kramer-Portrait, Oil on Board, 16 x 12 in. Courtesy of the Artist