Last year I was contacted by Jonathan David Katz and Rock Hushka, the curators of the "Art AIDS America" exhibition. They were having a terrible time trying to locate a specific Jerome Caja painting (Bozo Fucks Death). They spent almost two years searching with no luck. Well, with a little help from Paule Anglim and myself, we were able to locate this painting and help get it into the "Art AIDS America" exhibition. This is the largest exhibition of its kind. After a preview in West Hollywood, it opens at the Tacoma Art Museum on October 3, 2015, before traveling to Georgia, the Bronx, and Chicago (see details below).
I am also pleased to announce that Jonathan Katz is one of The Jerome Project's key art advisors. Jonathan is a veteran queer academic who rounds out our board. He is the Director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and is the president of the board of directors of the Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. He has done great work nationwide keeping Jerome's spirit alive. Jonathan curated several group shows over the years, many of which have included Jerome's work. Thank you Jonathan!
"Art AIDS America"
"This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present."
"Art AIDS America" is organized by The Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and co-curated by Jonathan David Katz, Director, Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), and Rock Hushka, Chief Curator at Tacoma Art Museum. Generous support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and Gilead Sciences, Inc. The presentation of the preview exhibition Art AIDS America was made possible by the City of West Hollywood and The David Geffen Foundation."
Tacoma Art Museum, Washington October 3, 2015 − January 10, 2016 Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, 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