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Artists Explore AIDS Impact in Art AIDS America Chicago Exhibition

Tino Rodriguez, Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood. Private collection. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tino Rodriguez, Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood. Private collection. Photo courtesy of artist.

Art AIDS America Chicago is a monumental exhibition that explores how the AIDS crisis had an impact on American art and culture.

The works on display, from the early 1980s to the present, explore a wide spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS ― from political anger and social activism to personal grieving. The works also offer a story of resilience in the face of a devastating disease.

This exhibition features 170 works of art in a wide range of media that includes painting, photography, sculpture and video. The show presents work by high-profile artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Annie Leibovitz, Andres Serrano, Félix González-Torres and Keith Haring. Also featured are voices from Chicago’s diverse art communities, including Roger Brown, Daniel Sotomayor, Michael Qualls and Oli Rodriguez.

This profound exhibition acts as a strong narrative as it shows artists coping with a health holocaust in a country that largely ignored this crisis.

Art AIDS America Chicago opened at the Alphawood Gallery, 2401 N. Halsted, on December 1, and will run until April 2. Hours are 11am to 6pm Wednesday-Thursday and 11am to 6pm Friday-Sunday. Admission is free, but advanced reservations are highly recommended.

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