Every time I hear about a new project of Visual AIDS I get more impressed with this arts organization than I already am. For those of you who may not be familiar with Visual AIDS, it’s a New York City contemporary arts organization that defines its mission as utilizing “art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.”
I read the Visual AIDS blog periodically and recently learned of a new art exhibition called Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art, & Words, which is up at La MaMa La Galleria in the East Village until July 3rd. Curated for Visual AIDS by John Chaich, Mixed Messages includes 40+ text-based works by artists such as Robert Blanchon, Yoko Ono, David Wojnarowicz, and Leslie Hewitt. According to the Visual AIDS blog, “from painting to print, sculpture and installation, the featured works juxtapose publicly intended messages with deeply personal revelations, which are at once polemic and poetic, positive and negative, both in tone and form.”
La MaMa La Galleria is free and open to the public from 1-6PM, Thursday to Sunday. I am going to check this out ASAP.