La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p

John Giorno Life is a Killer

Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art + Words

June 2 – July 3, 2011

Curated by John Chaich for  Visual AIDS
Opening Reception: Thursday,  June 2nd, 6 -8pm

Mixed Messages features over forty text-based works reflecting reactions to and connections through HIV/AIDS across generations.

A mix of art, activism, and design, Mixed Messages pairs internationally renowned figures like Felix Gonzalez-Torres, John Giorno, Glenn Ligon, Deborah Kass, Yoko Ono, Jack Pierson, Kay Rosen, David Wojnarowicz, and Rob Wynne with legendary activists Gran Fury and General Idea alongside award-winning graphic artists Anthony Burrill, Experimental Jetset, and James Joyce and a range of acclaimed emerging talent, including: Robert Blanchon, Paul Chisholm, Cammi Climaco, Amanda Curreri, Craig Damrauer, Joe De Hoyos, Chloe Dzubilo and T De Long, Avram Finkelstein, Nicholas Fraser, Andrew Graham, Leslie Hewitt, Nolan Hendrickson, James Jaxxa, Matt Keegan, Amanda Keeley, Jayson Keeling, KleinReid, Larry Krone, Lou Laurita, Rudy Lemcke, Liz Maugans, Sam McKinniss, Lucas Michael, Ivan Monforte, J. Morrison, Nightsweats & T-cells, Christopher Pennock, Charlie Welch, and Frederick Weston.

A mix of painting, print, sculpture, installation, and new media, the works will fully inhabit La Galleria: from doormats to door-hangers…hand-written graffiti on the bathroom walls to hand-cut vinyl text on the ceiling and ducts…and even the front desk computer’s screensaver.onal revelations and public declarations, the messages displayed are at times poignant and pointed, complemented by formal contrasts in scale and texture, from a post-card sized canvas to an 8-feet-wide banner and from neon to glitter and hand-poured glass to thickly molded porcelain.

Among the artists featured, Mixed Messages honors a mix of HIV-positive artists both living and lost and is dedicated to the memory of Lou Laurita, curatorial advisor of La MaMa La Galleria and friend of Visual AIDS.

A full-color catalog with essays by curator John Chaich and poet Justin Chin is available at the gallery, along with a limited edition tote bag designed by artists Chloe Dzubilo and T De Long.

A series of related public programs are open to the public:

Mixed Messengers Talk, Sunday June 12. 4:00 – 6:00PM. Free.

A panel discussion among the creatives behind recent HIV prevention campaigns. Moderated by Kenyon Farrow, co-editor, Letters from Young Activists, and featuring: Stephen Karpiak, PhD, of ACRIA’s HIV & aging outreach; Ivan Monforte of GMHC’s First Ladies Care & featured Mixed Messages artist; Kevin O’Malley of NYC’s and Stop AIDS San Francisco’s What Makes You Strong?; and Chuck Pollard of L’Oreal’s Hairdressers Against AIDS.

Ask Me: Mixed Messages, Wednesday June 29. 7:00 – 10:00PM.
$10 suggested donation benefiting Visual AIDS.
A night of storytelling inspired by the exhibition, co-hosted by Cammi Climaco and David Crab, featuring Dan Fishback and more.

Gallery Hours are Thursday through Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 PM.
The exhibition and events are open to the public and wheelchair accessible. Gallery Telephone: 212- 505-2476.

Tours can be arranged by calling Visual AIDS at 212-627-9855

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