The FLAG Art Foundation Observes Day With(out) Art World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011

Film Still, Untitled, 2010
Jim Hodges, Encke King, Carlos Marques da Cruz

The FLAG Art Foundation observes the 22nd Day With(out) Art, taking place on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011, by participating in the national, simultaneous, free screenings of Untitled, a film by Jim Hodges, Encke King, and Carlos Marques da Cruz.

Day With(out) Art was launched by Visual AIDS in 1989 as a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. FLAG will be screening Untitled as part of Day With(out) Art along with over 55 major museums, arts organizations, community groups, and colleges throughout the United States.

Untitled, is a 60-minute non-linear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. Viewers can visit the Untitled website built for Day With(out) Art 2011 by Creative Time at www.creativetime.org/daywithoutart to watch a trailer, view the list of participating venues, access the Resource Guide, respond to the film, and engage in dialogue about the work necessary to end AIDS.

FLAG will be screening Untitled on December 1st at 1:00PM, 2:30PM, and 4:00PM. All screenings are open to the public and free of charge.

About Day With(out) Art
Visual AIDS launched Day With(out) Art as a World AIDS Day initiative in 1989 to mourn those we have lost and to promote a broader awareness of the crisis. At it’s height Day With(out) Art was a collaborative project of an estimated 8,000 national and international museums, galleries, art centers, AIDS Service Organizations, libraries, high schools and colleges. In 1997 we suggested Day Without Art become a Day WITH Art, to recognize and promote increased programming of cultural events that draw attention to the continuing pandemic. Though “the name was retained as a metaphor for the chilling possibility of a future day without art or artists”, we added parentheses to the program title, Day With(out) Art, to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world. It had become clear that active interventions within the annual program were far more effective than actions to negate or reduce the programs of cultural centers. As the AIDS crisis and our understanding of it evolve, so must our actions. Visual AIDS continues to produce a year-round program of thought-provoking exhibitions, events and artist editions promoting HIV prevention and AIDS Awareness.

About The FLAG Art Foundation
The FLAG Art Foundation is an exhibition space for contemporary art. The program includes three to five professionally-curated shows per year. Each consists of works by established and emerging international artists. Our objective is to encourage the appreciation of contemporary art among a diverse audience. FLAG provides a unique educational environment in which visitors can view, contemplate, and engage in active dialogue with the artworks. Curators select and borrow from a variety of sources to include a wide range of work in each exhibition. FLAG is also a resource that facilitates loans of contemporary artworks to museums around the world.

About Visual AIDS
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. www.visualaids.org