ALTERNATE ENDINGS is a video program for the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art featuring provocative work about the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic, focusing on the issues of today.
On December 1, 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day With(out) Art—a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To honor the 25th year of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS is commissioning seven artists/collaboratives—Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Derek Jackson, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino/Abigail Severance—to create new short videos to be screened internationally on/around December 1, 2014.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS highlights the diverse voices of seven artists that use video to bring together charged moments and memories from their personal perspective amidst the public history of HIV/AIDS.
The short videos in ALTERNATE ENDINGS use a mix of found footage, live performance, still photos, and robotic cameras to weave together connections between personal stories and public memories. They share tales of love and breakups, sing songs of defiance, celebrate action, and remember those whom we have lost. Through these diverse stories we are invited to reflect upon our complex past as we envision divergent narratives and possibilities for the future, because AIDS IS NOT OVER.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS premired on December 1, 2014 at SVA Theatre in New York City
The video program screened in 56 locations around the world on/around December 1, 2014 for Day With(out) Art / World AIDS Day. See a complete list of screening locations here.
Visual AIDS organized marquee screenings at the SVA Theatre in New York, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the New Museum, and the Queens Museum.
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling (in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem), The Broad in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.