Tacoma Art Museum’s highly anticipated exhibition Art AIDS America opens this weekend. This is the first comprehensive overview of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Over 100 works are surveyed in the exhibition and its catalogue, covering the 1980s to the present. The featured artists and works span the spectrum of artistic responses to HIV/AIDS, from outspoken activism to quiet elegy.

The catalogue was edited by Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum, and Jonathan David Katz, Director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at SUNY Buffalo, who each also contribute an essay. In all, the catalogue includes eleven essays contributed by fifteen individual curators, scholars, and artists.

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden