Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10032
For the 29th annual Day With(out) Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem is proud to partner with Visual AIDS and the Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling for the uptown premiere of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings. This film highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives: ACT UP NY, Positive Women's Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The participating organizations represent a wide range of operational strategies, from direct action and grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building.
Following the screening, grassroots organizers Cedric Sturdevant (The SPOT), Michelle Lopez (Just KIDS), and visual artist Frederick Weston (Visual AIDS) will join for a discussion moderated by Lauren Kelley, Director and Chief Curator of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling. Panelists will discuss the role of family and community in creative responses to AIDS in New York City and the American South.
This program seeks to reflect the persisting urgencies of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing political concerns. In their commissioned videos, organizations address intersecting issues including anti-Black violence, HIV criminalization, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. Amid growing interest in the histories of AIDS activism, Alternate Endings, Activist Risings foregrounds contemporary engagements between activists, artists, and cultural workers on the front lines.
This program is accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs and other forms of assistance for walking.