Art AIDS America


Art AIDS America | Zuckerman Museum of Art

February 20 - May 22, 2016

This groundbreaking exhibition underscored the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduced and explored a wide spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present. Art AIDS America was organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and co-curated by Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum. The ZMA was the only southern representative on the tour of this critical exploration in art.

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Art AIDS Atlanta

Displayed alongside Art AIDS America, the companion exibition Art AIDS Atlanta was developed by the Zuckerman Museum's curatorial team to acknowledge the history of and current battle against HIV within the community. This exhibition put the artistic and activist work from metro-Atlanta in dialogue with Art AIDS America's national perspective.

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Additional Resources

Presented here is an interview featuring artist, Kia Labeija, in conversation with writer, artist, and activist, Sur Rodney (Sur). It was created and displayed alongside ZMA's showcase of Art AIDS America. After the video is a timline developed by Sur Rodney (Sur) on Black representation in the exhibition.


(Unedited version)

Looking Back Half A Century, Almost: Sur Rodney (Sur) on Black representation in Art AIDS America


For Educators

As a University-based museum, working across all levels of education is a cornerstone for the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Therefore, we regularly partner with the Kennesaw State School of Art and Design's Art Education program as they teach future educators. In the Fall of 2015, KSU faculty member, Anita Burch, and the ZMA educators led ArtEd3302 students through the exercise of developing lesson plans inspired by this exhibition. The projects are now available for use below.

Protest Signs - Grades 2-3
Quilting as an Act of Kindness - Grade 5
AIDS: Our Epidemic - Grade 9-12


Art AIDS America | Zuckerman Museum of Art

Art AIDS America was organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and co-curated by Jonathan David Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibition was made possible by support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Additional support was provided by Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Images: (Top) Installation image of Art AIDS America int eh Mortin Gallery featuring Keith Haring's Altarpiece (1990). (Bottom) Installation of Art AIDS America in the East Galleries featuring Kiki Smith's Red Spill (1996). Photos by Mike Jensen.

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