Donald Moffett

  • Brian Weil

    Brian Weil, a well-known photographer during the ungodly early years of the AIDS catastrophe, had a fierce, empathic love for people.

    Brian Weil, a well-known photographer during the ungodly early years of the AIDS catastrophe, had a fierce, empathic love for people. He founded the first (then illegal) needle-exchange program in the Bronx, to help stop the spread of HIV. Overdosing in 1996 at the age of forty-one, he died trying. In this show of sixty works dating from 1981 to 1992, we will see Weil’s AIDS-related photos as well as earlier, freakier projects that profile fringe groups, sex nuts (e.g., an aroused man and a fish tank!), dead people, and boxers. Weil’s deep engagement with his subjects

  • Donald Moffett

    I MADE A LIST of a hundred people who personify style. It turned out to be a list of a hundred women—or thereabouts (i.e., Ethyl Eichelberger, Charles Ludlam). But that list can be boiled down to this: I sleep next to a photograph, taken in the early 1970s, of Barbara Jordan in a big faux-leopard-skin-collared jacket casting a nay vote, or a yea vote, in the Texas senate. In all three of her terms, she was the only African American, the only woman, the only lesbian in that legislative body. She went on to more important platforms to cast her vote. She went on to more important votes.

    I recently