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.
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.
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.
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.
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