Queer Art and the Legacy of AIDS
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NCST 3350
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
This course examines the history of AIDS and HIV through artistic responses in visual culture and performance. In particular, we will think through various ways that artists use visual representation and bodily performance to make necessary interventions in public conversations around AIDS. Working closely with Visual AIDS, an organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of art and AIDS activism, students will directly engage artists’ archives and develop a series of projects that further the mission of the organization. Each student will conduct research around an artist and execute a final collaborative project for Visual AIDS. These projects—which may include the curation of an online exhibition, the publication of a zine, or the design of visual materials for education and promotion—will be made available to the public. Students’ public work will demonstrate the need for ongoing conversations about AIDS and show that AIDS is not over.
Course Open to: Degree Students