>7:00 PM Screening & Discussion, with introductions + responses by Roy Pérez and Omari Weekes (English & American Ethnic Studies, Willamette University)

This World AIDS Day, PICA is partnering with Visual AIDS, a nonprofit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.

December 2017 marks the 28th anniversary of Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art for mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis. This year, Visual AIDS commissioned seven artists— Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye, Reina Gosset, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona McClodden and Brontez Purnell–to create short videos about the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS highlights marginalized voices within broader Black communities, including queer and trans folks. Commissioned projects range from intimate meditations of a young HIV positive protagonist, to a contemporary re-imagining of 90s-era “safer sex” media culture, to a musical journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, to accounts from formerly incarcerated women living with HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Roy Pérez and Omari Weekes, professors in English and American Ethnic Studies at Willamette University, will introduce and respond to the program, and co-facilitate a post-screening discussion.

This event is part of a three-day series that considers the past, present, and future of art, AIDS, social justice, and queer life, timed with World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art, including a December 2nd afternoon of back-to-back programs in connection with Sarah Schulman’s 2012 publication, Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination and a December 3rd reading and talk by Schulman on her new book, Conflict is Not Abuse, moderated by Dana Ghazi. The series is curated by PICA’s Roya Amirsoleymani (Director & Curator of Public Engagement) and Kristan Kennedy (Curator of Visual Art), in collaboration with Shawna Lipton, Chair of PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies, and presented in connection with PICA’s fall exhibitions DELTA and DOOMTOWN (curated by Kristan Kennedy) which shine new light on underground art and culture of ‘80s and ‘90s Downtown New York and its Portland parallels.

Co-presented with the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, and in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MFA in Visual Studies and MA in Critical Studies Programs.

Supported by a grant from Oregon Humanities. .