The show captures trailblazing efforts to safeguard the artistic heritage of those who died of AIDS. Projects such as the fundraiser “Art Against AIDS” (1987;) the initiative “The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS”; and the exhibitions “What Now?” (1997), and Touched by AIDS (1998,) paved the way for other projects that have been instrumental in granting artists whose lives were cut short by AIDS their due place in art history. Included in the show are works by Carlos Alfonzo, Jon Fernando Brito, Wilfredo Brito, Humberto Dionisio, Fernando Garcia, Juan Gonzalez, Sheldon M. Lurie, Carlos A. Macia, and Adolfo Sanchez. Works by Cesar Trasobares and Yucef Merhi add contemporary takes on the subject matter of the show.
The exhibition is curated by Shed Boren, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Florida International University, and Yuneikys Villalonga, Chief Curator, Coral Gables Museum.
Featured Image: AIDS quilt, Washington, D.C. Exhibition, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith [LC-DIG-highsm-13502]