SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY.- The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announced the online opening of Look After Each Other: Intimacy and Community. The student-curated exhibition features work by artists, activists, and documentarians who show the human side of life with HIV/AIDS beyond a medical diagnosis, revealing moments of intimacy, care, friendship, and more.
Organized by Nathan Bloom 21, the 202021 Eleanor Linder Winter 45 Endowed Intern, the exhibition presents the work posters, magazine covers, drawings, video, fiber art, sculpture, and photography, most coming from the Tangs growing collection in five distinct, yet interrelated, sections: Performance, Livelihood, Memory, Outreach, and Joy.
The Performance section, for example, includes work by Hunter Reynolds from the Tang collection that documents his pivotal first performance as his alter ego, Patina DuPrey, who cured participants of Stendhal syndrome, a psychosomatic response to objects of beauty that includes rapid heartbeats and fainting. While the act of healing was performative, as there is no cure for Stendhal syndrome or HIV, the event gave those in the HIV community a moment to reflect on their trauma, to grieve, and to heal together.
The Livelihood section includes Clifford Prince Kings photograph Safe Space, which shows an intimate moment between three Black men: one sits on the floor reading James Baldwins Giovannis Room while a second man, sitting on a bed, braids the first mans hair as a third man, laying on the bed, helps the second man smoke.
In the Joy section is Reverend Joyce McDonalds sculpture Covered with Love, a Madonna and Child that reflects the importance the artist and HIV activist puts on family, and how hope, religion and healing are intertwined. Works such as this and others in the exhibition reflect moments in which people come together, celebrating the individuality and humanity of those living with HIV/AIDS.
The exhibition also includes work by and featuring Mary Berridge, Feliciano Centurión, Jess T. Dugan, FASTWÜRMS, Robert Giard, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Alexander Hernandez, Don Herron, River Huston, John Kelly, Larry Kramer, Minority AIDS Project, Donald Moffett, The NAMES Project, POZ Magazine, Teddy Sandoval, Robert Sherer, Nelson Sullivan, Joey Terrill, and Scott Treleaven.
Look After Each Other continues the Museums tradition of Skidmore College students curating exhibitions. Bloom, an anthropology major, holds the 202021 Eleanor Linder Winter 45 Endowed Internship. The exhibition is the capstone project of his year-long pre-professional internship and is supported by the Friends of the Tang and the Carter-Rodriguez Fund for Student-Curated Programs.