Gallery Q Opening Reception – AIDS: Don’t Be Afraid. Be Aware.
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Gallery Q presents…AIDS: Don’t Be Afraid. Be Aware
In recognition of World AIDS Month Gallery Q presents “AIDS: Don’t be Afraid. Be Aware” an exhibit of selected AIDS awareness posters from the University of Rochester’s River Campus Rare Books and Special Collections. Poster art has been one of the tools in the arsenal to promote AIDS awareness and education. The University’s archive of 8,000 AIDS education posters, in over 100 languages and 60 dialects, is considered one of the largest in the world.
The original collection was donated to the University by Dr. Edward C. Atwater, emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, in 2007. Dr. Atwater is quoted as saying “My hope is to show the responses from various societies to a deadly disease.” “…the AIDS posters show how social, religious, civic, and public health agencies tailored their message to different groups.” Through the use of color, creativity, wit, and sass many AIDS awareness posters have become iconic works of art, including those of artist Keith Haring.
Also on December 2 at 7 PM Gallery Q will screen the documentary We Were Here a moving film using archival photos and video following 5 people from the beginning of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco.