Category Archives: Firsts/

Items in the Ephemera Kabinett that reflect some interpretation of ‘the first time’ including the first home-administered AIDS test; a piece of candy from Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ first ‘give-away’ corner; and a magazine cover that calls President Obama the first ‘Gay President.’



Foucault, Michel. Power: Essential Works of Foucault 1954-1984 Volume 3 (1994) ICI Shelf: Philosophy First Line: “The evening of the elections, we asked you what your first reactions were, and you didn’t wish to say.” ICI History: Today at the … Continue reading

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Ephemera Kabinett: Original AIDS Ribbon


  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: Home Access Express Home HIV Test


One of the Institute’s “firsts.” Although the test made a big splash when it was released in the late 1990s you rarely hear about home testing today – or AIDS testing in general. A recent CNN statistic states that 1 … Continue reading

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