Art AIDS America is the first comprehensive overview and reconsideration of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. This book foregrounds the role of HIV/AIDS in shifting the development of American art away from the cool conceptual foundations of postmodernism and toward a new, more insistently political and autobiographical voice. Art AIDS America surveys more than 100 works of American art from the early 1980s to the present, reintroducing and exploring the whole spectrum of artistic responses to HIV/AIDS, from in-your-face activism to quiet elegy.
Art AIDS America is organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and co-curated by Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Rock Hushka, chief curator and curator of contemporary and Northwest art at Tacoma Art Museum. Contributors include Bill Arning; Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed; Patrick "Pato" Hebert; Glen Helfand; Robb Hernández and Joey Terrill; Teresa Bramlette Reeves; David Roman, Nelson Santos, Amy Sadao, and Ted Kerr; Sarah Schulman; and Sur Rodney (Sur).