New School University: Gloria Gottschalk, 212-229-5667, ext. 239
  Lauren Erlichman, 212-229-5667, ext. 215
Parsons School of Design: Carole Schaffer, 212-229-8950
Gallery Contact: Clinton Kuopus, Director of Exhibitions, 212-229-8987

Gallery: Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries (66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street in NYC)
Gallery hours: Monday - Saturday, 9AM - 9PM
For Further Information: 212-229-8987


DECEMBER 1, 2001 – JANUARY 11, 2002


(New York, NY – November 5, 2001) Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University, is pleased to announce "Recovering the Positive: Originals," an exhibition organized in cooperation with the Estate Project for Artists with AIDS. The exhibition will open on December 1, 2001, World AIDS Day, and close on January 11, 2002. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, December 1 from 6-8pm. The exhibit will be held at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries (66 5th Avenue at 13th Street). Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 9am - 9pm. For further information call 212-229-8987.

Chris Packard, Ph.D., curates the exhibition. Professor Packard is a member of the Liberal Studies faculty at Parsons School of Design. Packard has contributed the essay to the catalog that accompanies the exhibit. Packard’s other works include Blind Trust: Guides for the Uninfected, a poetry and photographic collage in collaboration with visual artist Robert Flynt. Packard’s essays on literature and on teaching appear in Arizona Quarterly and Concerns, and his Sailor Mates and Cowboy Comrades: Male Erotic Friendship in Nineteenth-Century American Literature will be published by St. Martin’s Press in the fall of 2002.

All works included in "Recovering the Positive: Originals" are original works by artists represented in the Virtual Collection (, a website launched by the Estate Project in 1998. The collection contains approximately 3200 images of works created by visual artists who are living with or who have died of complications from HIV/AIDS. "Recovering the Positive: Originals" includes 25 individual paintings, prints, and photographs, three sculptures, two videos, and one performance piece. Twenty artists are represented.

The exhibition is being inaugurated in conjunction with World AIDS Day to focus attention on the far-reaching effects of the AIDS epidemic on the arts and culture in this country. June 2001 marked the twentieth anniversary of the first documented cases of AIDS in the United States. As the AIDS epidemic enters its third decade, and a new century, there is no cure in sight. Even if a cure were near at hand, there remains a great deal to be done in the documentation of work created by artists with AIDS. It is the mission of the Estate Project to advance this effort, the role of which remains as critical as it was at the projects founding in 1991.


Parsons School of Design, a division of New School University, is one of the largest degree-granting colleges of art and design in the nation. Currently enrolled are about 2,400 undergraduate students, 380 graduate students, and 2,500 non-degree students from all 50 of the United States and from 60 countries. Parsons’ main campuses are located in New York City’s Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In addition, Parsons has affiliate schools in Paris, France; Kanazawa, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; and the Dominican Republic. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Architectural Design, Communication Design, Design and Management, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Integrated Design Curriculum, Interior Design, Photography, and Product Design. Graduate degrees are granted in Architecture, Design and Technology, Lighting Design, Painting, Sculpture, and the History of Decorative Arts. For further information on Parsons, call 212/229-8910 or go to the Web site at

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