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Day With(out) Art [Observed]
University Galleries is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art by presenting STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow. This screening represents University Galleries’ 30th year of observing Day With(out) Art.
The seven short videos range in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism and staging intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories from the past three decades.
This all-day film screening will take place in the same gallery as Eric Anthony Berdis’ solo exhibition Don’t let them clip your tiny little insect wings. Comprised of elaborate sculptures, quilted fabric collages, and a large-scale wallpaper installation, this exhibition memorializes LGBTQ+ people who persevered in the past, while acknowledging those who persist today.
This event is free and open to the public.
All videos will be screened with captions. Visitors with photosensitive epilepsy, or other light sensitivity issues, should be aware of that one of the seven videos contains several minutes of rapid flashing, contrasting light.