Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) takes the risk that most museums won't.
Rock Hushka (Co-curator of Art AIDS America), Stephanie Stebich (Executive Director of TAM), and Jonathan David Katz (Co-curator of Art AIDS America) prove that a large exhibition dedicated to HIV/AIDS in American art has a powerful appeal. Together, they worked for more than a decade to gather 100+ extraordinary pieces in this show. Hundreds showed up for the opening night reception, and the next day Jonathan gave an insightful talk to a packed house. This show takes us past the decades of trauma to illustrate how HIV/AIDS fundamentally changed American art.
Thank you Rock, Stephanie, and Jonathan for including Jerome Caja's paintings (Bozo Fucks Death, Little Yellow Angels, Shroud of Curad) in the exhibition. You are doing what most museums won't: you are displaying provocative works by Jerome that have rarely been exhibited in public. This broad visibility is what Jerome always strived for.
The picture gallery here highlights some of the artwork in the exhibition on opening weekend.
Tacoma Art Museum, Washington
October 3, 2015 − January 10, 2016
Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Georgia
February 20, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
June 23, 2016 – September 11, 2016
To Be Determined, Chicago
Winter of 2016 – 2017
Website: Art AIDS America
Media Release: Art AIDS America
LOOP Magazine Article: AIDS' Impact On American Art Is Apparently Still Taboo by Christopher Treacy
by Anthony Cianciolo