Dead Tired Of Being So Bloody Positive: PosterVirus Reflects AIDS Activism Now
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Dead Tired Of Being So Bloody Positive: PosterVirus Reflects AIDS Activism Now

In her essay “Legacies of Trauma, Legacies of Activism” in the collection Loss: The Politics of Mourning, Ann Cvetkovich reflects, “The AIDS crisis, like any other traumatic encounters with death, has challenged our strategies for remembering the dead, forcing the invention of new forms of mourning and commemoration. The same is true, I would argue, … Continue reading

Parting Though I Absent Mourn: Cy Gavin’s Search For Kinship Through Bermuda’s Traumatic Histories
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Parting Though I Absent Mourn: Cy Gavin’s Search For Kinship Through Bermuda’s Traumatic Histories

Mirroring Hartman’s invocation of the ghosts of slavery to transform the present, Cy Gavin’s current exhibition At Heaven’s Command at Sargent’s Daughters enacts a similar personal and political pilgrimage. Rather than Ghana, Gavin’s vibrantly beautiful yet historically rich exhibition renders the results of tracing his own personal lineage to Bermuda. Continue reading

(Super) Heroic Melancholia In Mike Kelley’s ‘Kandors’ At Hauser & Wirth
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(Super) Heroic Melancholia In Mike Kelley’s ‘Kandors’ At Hauser & Wirth

Describing his later series Kandors, an extended reflection on Superman’s shrunken birthplace, Mike Kelley explains, “Kandor is a constant reminder of Superman’s lost homeland and functions metaphorically as a symbol of his alienated relationship to the planet where he now resides…Kandor now sits, frozen in time, a perpetual reminder of his inability to escape that … Continue reading

What Is Lost and What Remains at ‘Not Over: 25 Years of Visual AIDS’
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What Is Lost and What Remains at ‘Not Over: 25 Years of Visual AIDS’

Powerfully addressing both loss and its remains, Visual AIDS’s 25th anniversary exhibition Not Over: 25 Years of Visual AIDS at LaMaMa Galleria until June 30 presents art both created in the midst of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and 1990s and from the later generation of artists who continue to deal with the losses, memories and ghosts of AIDS. Continue reading