Conversation Facilitated by Victoria Gray, LCSW
Florida International University
Huston Ochoa, MSW, was three (3) years old when AIDS first impacted his life with the death of his mother’s cousin Wily in June 1990, followed by the loss of another cousin Jon (December 1990), his mother Elena (September 1990), and his father Orson (August 1991). Within 14 months, four (4) family members were lost to AIDS, and a child was left needing parents and guidance. Other family members were left with many questions, challenging realities, and extreme emotions.
Join Huston Ochoa, along with some of his family members Beatriz Brito, Ana Moller, and Barbara Perez, in a conversation facilitated by Vicki Gray, Clinical Assistant Professor, Social Work, Florida International University. The museum will be open Thursday, April 29, until 9 PM and free of charge. The conversation will be held in the community room starting at 7 PM. Participants are invited to attend the event in a socially distanced manner or view it via Zoom or Facebook Live.
The Coral Gables Museum is proud to host A Matter of Time: Examining Forty Years of AIDS while living through a pandemic. The show gathers historical information on the emergence and development of AIDS, forty years after the first reported case. Taking over three galleries of the Coral Gables Museum, a myriad of objects, documents, ephemera, and major artworks in different disciplines help trace American and Miami-related stories of those who succumbed to the disease, and those who survived; from famous to ordinary people; from patients to family and friends; to caretakers. The exhibit contains parts of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and tells more about the lives of those lost. The show explores many different subjects and will include virtual and on-site exhibits. Between April 2 and July 18, 2021, we will facilitate many different conversations with community partners about science, public health, art and culture, and other relevant topics.