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Special Event

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This year’s Day With(out) Art program, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS, highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today. These compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP New York, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL-NY—together represent a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nationwide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis.
ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS seeks to reflect the urgency of today’s HIV/AIDS epidemic by pointing to pressing and intersecting political concerns, including HIV criminalization, Big Pharma, homelessness, and the disproportionate effects of HIV on marginalized communities. At a moment of 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.
Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Since 1989, Day With(out) Art has recognized December 1 as “a day of action and mourning,” in which thousands of international arts institutions and organizations unify to demonstrate the power of art to raise awareness of the ongoing AIDS pandemic. For more information about Day With(out) Art and this year’s commissioned organizations, please visit

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Seating will begin at 1:30pm.
Free admission, but seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.