Past Event

Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

Radiant Presence

On December 1, 2015 Gallery 400 in collaboration with Visual AIDS presents RADIANT PRESENCE as part of the annual Day With(out) Art. To honor this day of action and mourning, gallery lights are dimmed and video and sound elements of the current exhibition are silenced to focus on the presentation of RADIANT PRESENCE. The video is screened from the center of the Witness Well stage on a loop during regular gallery hours, 10am-6pm. In conjunction with the screening, Gallery 400 also partners with Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN) to offer free HIV testing from 2-5pm and the Chicago Chapter of the HIV/AIDS anti-stigma organization Mr. Friendly to provide “friendly” information and awareness pins.


RADIANT PRESENCE is a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS' Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. The presentation provokes conversations about HIV criminalization and stigma, access to treatment, the shifting demographics of people living with HIV and the disproportionate effect of the epidemic on communities of color and transwomen. RADIANT PRESENCE is inspired by the 25th Anniversary of Electric Blanket, an epic slide show about AIDS created by photographers Nan Goldin, Allen Frame and Frank Franca for Visual AIDS which intersperses the work of over 200 photographers with slide texts that include demographics, data, and slogans about AIDS worldwide. The slide show, initially projected on the façade of Cooper Union on December 1 1990, was later projected on public walls and buildings internationally. On World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015, RADIANT PRESENCE will reach thousands of viewers through projections, public screenings, social media and public programs in museums, art institutions, universities, AIDS service organizations and online venues.

Artists featured in the slideshow include: Stephen Andrews, AZT, Jurgen Baldiga, Bizzy Barefoot, Barton Lidice Beneš, Jaiden Benz, Luis Carle, Walt Cessna, Tseng Kwong Chi, Lucretia Crichlow, Darkroom Danny, Chloe Dzubilo, Brent Nicholson Earle, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Benjamin Fredrickson, Tim Greathouse, Max Greenberg, Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, Veritee Reed Hall, John Hanning, W. Benjamin Incerti, Derek Jackson, Shan Kelley, Kia Labeija, Nancer LeMoins, David McDiarmid, Joyce McDonald, Christabel Millar, Mark Morrisroe, John Nalley, Ray Navarro, Luna Luis Ortiz, Richard Renaldi, Hunter Reynolds, Juan Rivera, Eric Rhein, Jeffrey Scott, Steed Taylor, Hector Toscano, L. Robert Westeen, Jorge Veras, Bruce Volpone, Daniel Williams, Albert Winn, David Wojnarowicz, Lina Yaroslavska.

About Visual AIDS:

For this year’s Day With(out) Art 2015, Visual AIDS is working with nine influential artists, activists and curators—Bill Arning, Ian Alteveer, Chris Vargas, Rae Lewis-Thornton, Mark S. King, Allen Frame, Maria Mejia, Jack Mackenroth, and Kimberly Drew—to present RADIANT PRESENCE.

At this point in the AIDS epidemic, over 39 million people have died of AIDS-related causes. The nature of the crisis has changed, however, so that nearly just as many people, 36 million, are living with HIV today. In this context, RADIANT PRESENCE showcases the resilience and vitality of Visual AIDS’ Artist Members and their artwork, preserving the radiance of those who have passed while provoking dialogue about the needs and experiences of people living with HIV.

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