Day With(out) Art 2021:

For Day With(out) Art 2021, Visual AIDS presents ENDURING CARE, a video program highlighting strategies of community care within the ongoing HIV epidemic. The program features newly commissioned work by Katherine CheairsCristóbal GuerraDanny KilbrideAbdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah BusseyBeto Pérez, Steed Taylor, and J Triangular and the Women’s Video Support Project.

From histories of harm reduction and prison activism to the long-term effects of HIV medication, ENDURING CARE centers stories of collective care, mutual aid, and solidarity while pointing to the negligence of governments and non-profits. The program’s title suggests a dual meaning, honoring the perseverance and commitment of care workers yet also addressing the potential for harm from medications and healthcare providers. ENDURING CARE disrupts the assumption that an epidemic can be solved with pharmaceuticals alone, recasting community work as a lasting form of medicine.

The artists in this year's program were selected through an open call process juried by Ivy Arce, Jean Carlomusto, Thomas Allen Harris, and Mathew Rodriguez.

Screening Events

ENDURING CARE premiered at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday, December 1 at 6pm EST, in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with artists Katherine Cheairs, Cristóbal Guerra, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad and Uriah Bussey, Beto Pérez, and Steed Taylor.

The videos also screened in over 100 locations around the world, both online and in-person. See here for a complete list of screening locations and partnering institutions.

On Saturday, December 4 at 7pm EST, Visual AIDS and the Museum of Contemporary Art LA hosted an online conversation with artists Danny Kilbride, Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad & Uriah Bussey, and J Triangular, moderated by filmmaker Marguerite Van Cook.

Day With(out) Art
In 1989, to make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone and to inspire positive action, Visual AIDS presented the first Day Without Art—organizing museums and art institutions nationwide to cover up their artwork, darken their galleries, and even close for the day—to symbolically represent the chilling possibility of a future without art or artists. Since then, Day With(out) Art has grown into a collaborative annual project in which organizations worldwide present exhibitions, screenings and public programs to highlight work by HIV+ artists and artwork addressing current issues around the ongoing AIDS pandemic. ENDURING CARE is the 32st annual Day With(out) Art project.

Visual AIDS
Founded in 1988, 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, and preserving the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. www.visualaids.org

This online platform is based on a design by Glen Fogel.

We would like to thank the following funders who support Visual AIDS work and mission: Alphawood Foundation Chicago, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Dr. Daniel S. Berger Charitable Giving Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of Renaissance Charitable Foundation, Between Bridges, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,Council for Canadian American Relations, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Gilead Sciences, The Keith Haring Foundation, Marta Heflin Foundation, Humanities NY, Japan Foundation, JW Anderson, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, LOEWE, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Community Trust's DIFFA Fund, New York Gay Pool League, NYU Community Fund, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Supreme, Teiger Foundation, Tish & Snooky's Manic Panic NYC, Todd Snyder, ViiV Healthcare, Rafael & Diana Viñoly Foundation, and our generous individual donors.  

Our programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.