Every year since 1989, the art world has honored Day Without Art on December 1 in conjunction with Worlds AIDS Day. Created by Visual AIDS, a New York organization of art professionals, Day Without Art was a call for “mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis.” Renamed Day With(out) Art in 1998, the day is an opportunity for creative reflection and activism on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the arts and on society more broadly.
In observance of Day With(out) Art, Untitled, 1990, by Group Material, comprised of Doug Ashford, Julie Ault, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Karen Ramspacher, will be on view in the museum. This screen print was featured as a bus sign in a project sponsored by Real Art Ways in 1990, the same year that Group Material was featured in MATRIX 111 / AIDS Timeline.
In recognition of World AIDS Day, AIDS Connecticut will be on-site in Gray Court to distribute educational materials and speak with visitors. To learn more, visit AIDS Connecticut (ACT) at http://aids-ct.org.