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.
Art AIDS America was designed by Zach Hooker and produced by Marquand Books. The 288-page book includes 200 color illustrations. It is published by Tacoma Art Museum in association with University of Washington Press. The exhibition will travel to the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia, and to the Bronx Museum of the Arts later in 2016.
Photography by Jeremy Linden