The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania observes the 22nd Day With(out) Art, taking place on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011, with Unleashing the Archive. A two-part project, Unleashing the Archive is a momentary retrospective that reactivates archival documents as a way of addressing the history of AIDS cultural activism and direct action in the context of the present crisis.
For the first part of the project ICA will participate in a national, simultaneous, free screening of Untitled, a film by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques da Cruz, on December 1st as part of Day With(out) Art, a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis launched by Visual AIDS in 1989.
The second part of the project focuses on iconic images from the early days of the AIDS crisis. These graphics are drawn from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), a national and international non-partisan advocacy group formed in 1987; Gran Fury, an artists' collective that served as ACT UP/NY's unofficial "propaganda ministry;" and Philadelphia-based organizations like GALAEI (Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative) and ASIAC (AIDS Services in Asian Communities).
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