By Alex Fialho
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS for Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art 2018. Logo design: Nelson Santos.

Intro Text

Alex Fialho is the programs director for Visual AIDS, a group that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy. It is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects.

In 1989, Visual AIDS presented the first Day Without Art: an event that organized museums and art institutions nationwide to conceal their artwork, darken their galleries, and even close for the day to symbolically represent the chilling possibility of a future without art or artists.

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 HIV+ artists and artwork that addresses current issues around the ongoing AIDS pandemic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS is the 29th annual Day With(out) Art project.

Fialho contextualizes the upcoming MCA screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS and accompanying talk, which he will be moderating.


Day With(out) Art 2018 ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS is part of a new Visual AIDS programmatic direction to extend our screenings, panel conversations, and artist projects into cities beyond our home of New York City. The program represents our second partnership with the MCA Chicago in as many years and highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives: ACT UP New York, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL New York.

The Chicago premiere screening of Day With(out) Art 2018 ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS will be followed by a panel with Coleman Goode of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago; Mary Patten of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Pamela Sneed, a Visual AIDS Board Member. A trailer for the program's short videos is available below.


A video trailer for ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS for Day With(out) Art 2018. Video courtesy of Visual AIDS.

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