Untitled: World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art Screenings
Visual AIDS is marking 30 years of AIDS by distributing Untitled by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques da Cruz. The film will be screened nationwide at museums, arts organizations, colleges, community groups on December 1, 2011, also known as World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art.
All screenings are free and open to the public.
Beginning with a reflection on the early AIDS epidemic, Untitled eschews a linear narrative to introduce a fractious timeline, moving from the sublime to the tragic and back again. By juxtaposing mainstream network news, activist footage, artists’ works, and popular entertainment from the last turbulent decades, Untitled references regimes of power that precipitated a generation of AIDS and queer activism and continues today with international struggles for freedom and expression.
Jim Hodges has created a broad range of work exploring themes of fragility, temporality, love, and death in a highly original and poetic vocabulary. His works frequently deploy different materials and techniques: from ready‐made objects to traditional media, such as graphite and ink. He currently lives and works in New York City. Carlos Marques da Cruz works with artists, performers, and filmmakers world-wide. Encke King is a film and video producer, editor, and writer based in New York.
Visual AIDS began Day With(out) Art on December 1st, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone and inspire positive action, some 800 U.S. art and AIDS groups participated in the first Day With(out) Art, shutting down museums, sending staff to volunteer at AIDS services, or sponsoring special exhibitions of work about AIDS. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges take part.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy – because AIDS is not over.