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Day With(out) Art 2015

Virginia MOCA is proud to join other institutions across the United States for Day With(out) Art 2015. 

For this year’s Day With(out) Art 2015, Visual AIDS is working with nine influential artists, activists and curators—Bill ArningIan AlteveerChris VargasRae Lewis-ThorntonMark S. KingAllen FrameMaria MejiaJack Mackenroth, and Kimberly Drew—to present RADIANT PRESENCE.

RADIANT PRESENCE is a digital slideshow with images from the Visual AIDS' Artist+ Registry, the largest database of works by artists with HIV/AIDS. For the 26th annual Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS will partner with art institutions, AIDS-service organizations, and universities for screenings, looping office and gallery projections, and public programs to highlight RADIANT PRESENCE internationally. Visual AIDS will also coordinate large-scale projections of RADIANT PRESNCE in highly visible locations in New York City, San Francisco and Miami (during Art Basel).

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.

RADIANT PRESENCE 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. We encourage you to continue these conversations and draw connections to your communities in a lecture, panel discussion, or workshop setting.

RADIANT PRESENCE will loop in MOCA's Price Auditorium on December 1, from 10am-9pm.  

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/around World AIDS Day on 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.

Image: Shan Kelley, With Curators Like These, Who Needs A Cure, 2015