About Visual AIDS and Day With(out) Art

Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.

In 1989 Visual AIDS presented the first Day Without Art, organizing museums and art institutions nationwide to cover up their artwork, darken their galleries, and even close for the day to symbolically represent the loss of life and art due to AIDS.

Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative annual project in which organizations worldwide present exhibitions, screenings, and public programs to highlight work by HIV+ artists and artwork addressing current issues around the ongoing AIDS pandemic.

In 2014, Visual AIDS began commissioning short videos from artists and filmmakers, and has screened and distributed these videos as part of Day With(out) Art every year since. This website provides a complete archive of videos commissioned by Visual AIDS.

Click here to learn more about how to participate in Day With(out) Art.

If you are interested in screening any of these videos, email info@visualaids.org.

For more information about Visual AIDS, visit our website at visualaids.org.

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