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Today, December 1st, is Day With(out) Art, a national day of action and mourning organized by Visual AIDS with arts organizations and institutions in response to the AIDS crisis. It is also World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.

In 2014, on the 25th anniversary of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS commissioned seven artists/collaboratives to create short videos for a program titled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, which are now available to watch online.  This year Visual AIDS has created another video program –ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS, previewed above.

From their Vimeo channel

Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia LaBeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Next week on 12/7 (Thursday), MOCA Grand Avenue in Los Angeles will be screening this program followed by a performance by Kia LaBeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Kia LaBeija in conversation with Day With(out) Art curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (this event is free)

In New York it will be screened on 12/4 (Monday) at Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture with a post-screening discussion featuring artists Cheryl Dunye, Ellen Spiro and Thomas Allen Harris in conversation with curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. (free but make sure to register as the event at The Whitney filled up quickly)

 

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Paul Bergmann- Ocean Song

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (12/1-12/4/16)-

Thursday

For MOCA Grand Ave’s Artists on Artists series, Mayo Thompson will be discussing the work of R.H.Quaytman (free)

For World AIDS Day, David France, author of How to Survive a Plague (and creator of the documentary of the same name) will be speaking with physician activist Dr. Mark H. Katz and LGBT activist Tony Valenzuela at the Central Library (free with RSVP)

The band HUNNY is hosting a night of music at the Echoplex that includes Melissa Brooks & The Aquadolls, Wax Idols, Private Island, Kid Bloom, Shaking Hands and more

Lee Fields and The Expressions are playing with Lady Wray at the El Rey Theatre

Friday

It’s Paul Bergmann’s last show in LA and he’s having a musical going away party with Media Jeweler, Sapierre, and Traps PS at Non Plus Ultra

Film Noir at Union Station continues with a free screening of Too Late For Tears

Colleen Green is performing a free show (with RSVP) for the Shrine book release at Junior High 

The Besnard Lakes are playing at The Echo with Nightjacket and Brass Box

Saturday

The Annenberg Space for Photography is hosting Work It, Girl: Female Illustrators Panel with Ann Shen, Emily McDowell and Kate Bingaman-Burt. ($12) Bingaman-Burt is also having a day-long workshop on creating content for small press publications which includes tickets to the later lecture ($45)

Machine Project is hosting a free event with LA Cryptoparty titled Modern Hellscapes: How to Resist a Trumpling at which the basics of cyber security will be discussed. Also free beer!

Haley Bonar is playing with Night Moves at Resident

Pieter Gallery is hosting Making Art During Fascism a free community building event at which attendees will also be given a free instructional guide

Jay Som is playing at The Echo with Los Angeles Police Department

Mr Little Jeans is at the Teragram Ballroom

Sunday

Barnsdall Art Center is having its annual Holiday Art Sale and Fundraiser (free)

Filmmaker Arthur Jafa will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at LACMA (free)

Body Language are playing at The Echo with SUMif and Mothlight

Kristin Hersh is playing at The Echoplex