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DWA stands for Day Without Art, an annual day of remembrance for victims of AIDS to coincide with World AIDS Day on December 1 of each year. Initiated in 1990 by Visual AIDS.

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Ephemera Kabinett: Original AIDS Ribbon

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  ACCESSION #: ICI 21278 Title: Original design for the red ribbon created for AIDS recognition, c. 1991 Discussion: The original red ribbon was created in 1991 to recognize people living with HIV and AIDS along with their caretakers.  It was created by … Continue reading

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Ephemera Kabinett: Ad seeking volunteers to test HIV Vaccine

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Accession #: ICI-21768 Title: Newspaper Ad in a Seattle Newspaper seeking volunteers to test an HIV vaccine. Discussion: An ad found in a Seattle ‘give-away’ journal from the late 1990s. To our eyes, the visuals seemed bold and adventurous, perhaps a … Continue reading

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HIV/AIDS Programs that could have been funded instead of Ken Starr

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A postcard printed by Visual AIDS in the height of the Ken Starr investigation into President Clinton’s sexual antics. It highlights the choices our leaders make and underlines the irony of Starr’s efforts. His crusade against President Clinton fell under … Continue reading

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AIDS ‘VISA’ Broadside

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A beautifully simple but powerful broadside by artist and designer Harvey Weiss that was distributed by Visual AIDS for their 1998 Day Without Art. By co-opting this symbol of corporate might the artist hoped to address the economic/corporate determinism of … Continue reading

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Every Ten Minutes Cassette by Robert Farber

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A project by Robert Farber for Day Without Art in 1992. There was no sound on the tape except for a gong that rang every ten minutes – the rate of AIDS deaths in the United States at that time. … Continue reading

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Volvelle With Condom Comebacks

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AIDS education has taken many forms including this volvelle that offers “comebacks” for sex partners who refused to wear condoms. EK Accession # 21521

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Plague in Virgil’s “Georgics” Pamphlet

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A program for an exhibition organized by Daniel Cornell at the Pierpont Morgan Library in 1995 to coincide with the Day Without Art on December 1, World AIDS Day. Today, Visual AIDS prefers to emphasize the people, especially artists, who … Continue reading

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