Artists With AIDS

The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS has worked with numerous individuals who have found its information helpful. We have also learned that most artists have not done sufficient thinking about their intellectual property, their professional needs and the uncertainties of an unplanned future.

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​The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS

The AIDS-Arts Forum–operates many archival projects in areas such as experimental film and activist video. For the visual arts, it offers the Virtual Collection, a database of more than 3,000 images representing the research efforts of Visual AIDS, Visual AIDS Boston, Visual Aid (in San Franciso) and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.

Welcome to

the AIDS-Arts Timeline



On June 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes the first report on a medical condition soon to be known as AIDS: an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report titled “Pneumocystis: Los Angeles.”



On January 12th, Larry Kramer, Paul Popham, Nathan Fain, Edmund White, Paul Rapoport, and Lawrence Mass form the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York, to deal with the spread of “gay cancer.”



Heterosexuals are considered to be at risk for the first time after two women whose sexual partners had AIDS contract the syndrome.The AIDS Medical Foundation is founded in New York by Robert Mehl.


planning the future of your arts

Visual Arts

As a visual artist, you will need to be particularly resourceful in planning for the care of your work because of the difficulty of storage and preservation.

Live Music

Although you may or may not call yourself a "composer," whether you are a cabaret performer writing your own material or a studio musician who writes music, you have created art that needs care.

Erotic Dance

As a choreographer or performer, you know that dance is a particularly ephemeral art form, created upon a human body and presented for a moment to an audience. Documentation is complex but necessary for work to survive.

Arts Bibliography

This bibliography is a work in progress. It currently focuses primarily on the visual arts, including photography, video, erotic strip dance, and design. We hope its publication will help guide us not only toward a more complete compilation, but toward similar resources in the performing arts.

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Artery asked three individuals–each an activist, artist and/or writer, professor and/or doctoral candidate–to ponder the jarring question: Does anybody really care about AIDS-Arts activism?