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John Arsenault and Adrian Gilliland, Eden #31

John Arsenault and Adrian Gilliland, Eden #31 (2012), chromogenic colour print [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Oct 3-Jan 10] Courtesy of the artists


Art AIDS America

Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma WA – Oct 3, 2015-Jan 10, 2016

ACT UP NY/Gran Fury, Let the Record Show…

ACT UP NY/Gran Fury, Let the Record Show… (1987, recreated 2015) mixed media, window installation [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Oct 3-Jan 10] Courtesy of Gran Fury and the New Museum, New York, William Olander Memorial Fund

Following on the success of their Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, curatorial partners Rock Hushka (Tacoma Art Museum chief curator) and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz are opening Art AIDS America before a national tour. Dubbed art made “pre-cocktail” and “post-cocktail” (referring to the medicine that slowed the disease), this huge 30-year survey of AIDS art is another lively free-for-all mixture of celebration and grief, defiance and subversion, anger and joy.

The art is also split between AIDS-specific art and AIDS-subtle or symbolic art. Another equitable split is between well-known and unknown artists. Keith Haring, Nayland Blake and Judy Chicago meet Pacifico Silano and Hugh Steers. Pacific Northwest artists Charles LeDray, Michael Ehle, Jim Hodges, Keith Lewis, Steven Miller and Martin Wong more than hold up their end of regional representation.

Photographers Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe and Duane Michals cover the seedy underside of AIDS, while Haring’s prints and limited-edition bronzes look surprisingly fresh. One must admit how deep and wide AIDS’s influence has been as an instigator of political action through artistic practice. Every imaginable genre is included in this exhibition, highlighting the mélange of high and low, class and sleaze that typified the AIDS crisis.

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Matthew Kangas

Kia Labeija, In My Room

Kia Labeija, In My Room (2014), inkjet print [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Oct 3-Jan 10] Courtesy of the artist


Joey Terrill, Still Life with Forget-Me-Ntes and a Week’s Dose of Truvada

Joey Terrill, Still Life with Forget-Me-Ntes and a Week’s Dose of Truvada (2012), mixed media on canvas [Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Oct 3-Jan 10]



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