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First Friday + Film Screening

Dec 1, 2017, 5:00pm - 9:00pm

First Friday + Film screening

friday, december 1

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free.

Enjoy an evening of art, music, and culture in the Grand Center Arts District the First Friday of every month. Bring a friend or two for an exciting evening at CAM. At 6:30 pm, join an illuminating tour of our current exhibitions led by a member of CAM’s staff. Afterwards, grab a round of drinks at the bar and groove to some tunes provided by DJ David Kirkland in the performance space. A special screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS will begin on the 2nd floor at 6:00 pm.
 

About ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th iteration of Visual AIDS’ longstanding Day With(out) Art project. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Brontez Purnell.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016 African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans folks. 

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the generous support of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Visual AIDS would also like to thank the artists for the time and resources they have contributed to this project.