previews

  • Gran Fury, Men Use Condoms or Beat It, 1988, crack-and-peel sticker, 7 1/4 x 8 3/4".

    ACT UP New York

    Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
    24 Quincy Street Harvard University
    October 15–December 23, 2009

    Curated by Claire Grace and Helen Molesworth

    The list of lenders for this exhibition, subtitled “Activism, Art, and the aids Crisis, 1987–1993,” reads like a who’s who of the outraged queers—among them gifted artists, filmmakers, designers, even a hairdresser—who over twenty years ago created art that helped galvanize the movement to “take direct action to end the AIDS crisis.” In addition to some seventy works of mostly collectively produced agitprop by, among others, Fierce Pussy, Gang, Gran Fury, Donald Moffett, the Silence = Death Project, and Ken Woodward, the show includes sketches and mock-ups offering insight into the collaborative process that yielded such unforgettable “demographics.” Also, for the first time, audiences can peruse the hundred-plus recently videotaped interviews with surviving ACT UP members, which Jim Hubbard and Sarah Schulman have been coordinating as an oral-history project.