Category Archives: AIDS/

Over the years, the ICI has accumulated a small collection of ephemera related to the AIDS pandemic. Whether free postcards or newspaper ads, broadsides of guerilla semiotics or artist projects that appropriate, re-appropriate and invert cultural icons and forms, these objects are silent but poignant reminders of a pandemic that has shaped global culture for almost 30 years now.

LIBRARY SHELF: Melancholia and Moralism

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Crimp, Douglas Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics (2002) FIRST LINE: “I assert to begin that ‘disease’ does not exist.” LAST LINE: “How do we make what we know knowable to legions?” ICI SHELF: AIDS ICI HISTORY: … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: John Bommer

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Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; John Bommer: Vibgyor (1988) ICI Shelf: Artist Monographs First Line: “John always said he would die before he was thirty or live to be a hundred and twenty.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Art Against AIDS

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Hanstein, Henrik Rolf; Art Against AIDS: Auktion zugunsten der Nationalen Aid-Stiftung (1988) ICI Shelf: AIDS First Line: “Der vorliegende Katalog ist das Dokument einer beispielhaften Initiative, die zeigt, wie das Zusammenwirken engagierter Menschen zu einem richtungweisenden Ergebnis führt.” ICI History: Today … Continue reading

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ICI Technic: The Gift

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We began to create projects to bring focus to the AIDS pandemic over 20 years ago. Born out of feelings of loss and rage, these projects challenged us to abandon our long held beliefs about art. Rejecting notions of artist … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Peter Hujar

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Koch, Stephen and Thomas Sokolowski. Peter Hujar (1990) ICI Shelf: Artist Mongraphs First Line: “Peter Hujar was remarkable photographer.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (12-12-12)

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LIBRARY SHELF: Beyond recognition

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Owens, Craig. Beyond Recognition (1992) ICI Shelf: Philosophy First Line: “If you take a modernist and draw a line and say, I dare you to cross that line, the modernist will cross it.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Madness and Civilization

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Foucault, Michel. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (1965) ICI Shelf: Philosophy First Line: “At the End of the Middle Ages, Leprosy disappeared from the Western world.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — … Continue reading

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LIBRARY SHELF: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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Ault, Julie; ed. Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1991) ICI Shelf: Artist Monographs First Line: “I want to begin this book by telling you that I knew Felix Gonzalez-Torres well.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (12-02-12)

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LIBRARY SHELF: to the friend who did not save my life

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Guibert, Herve. to the friend who did not save my life (1991) ICI Shelf: AIDS First Line: “I had AIDS for three months.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed (11-28-12)

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LIBRARY SHELF: BLUE

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Jarman, Derek Blue: Das Buch zum Film (1994) ICI Shelf: London First Line: “You say to the boy open your eyes” Last Line: “I place a delphinium, Blue, upon your grave.” ICI History: Today at the ICI — Twitter Feed: … Continue reading

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