Wednesday, December 1, is Day Without Art (DWA), a day of worldwide AIDS awareness organized by Visual AIDS. DWA began in 1989 as a public day of mourning for victims of AIDS. Student Health Services and Student Outreach at SVA will be participating in 2004’s DWA by hanging black paper to represent works of art that were not created due to HIV/AIDS, distributing HIV testing information at 209 East 23rd Street from 9am to 5pm, and screening VH1’s AIDS: A Pop Culture History in the Student Center, 217 East 23rd Street, on December 1, 6:30pm.
Following the observation of DWA, John Dugdale (BFA 1983 Photography), a photographer who is nearly blind from an AIDS-related illness, will be presenting his work on campus as a benefit for Visual AIDS on Thursday, December 9, 7pm, in the Visual Arts Amphitheater, 209 East 23rd Street, Third Floor. Suggested donation is $10, SVA students $5. Several SVA alumni and faculty members will also be taking part in Visual AIDS’ “Postcards from the Edge” benefit – over 1,000 postcard-sized artworks will be sold for $50 each on Sunday, December 5, 2 – 6pm, at Brent Sikkema gallery, 530 West 22nd Street. Call 212.627.9855 for more information.
Image: John Dugdale, I Exist as I Am, 2000.