Premiere: Visual AIDS presents Everyone I Know Is Sick 

Thurs, Nov 30, 2023
7–9 pm

Floor 3, Theater

The Whitney Museum of American Art is proud to partner with Visual AIDS and The Studio Museum in Harlem for Day With(out) Art 2023 by presenting Everyone I Know Is Sick, a program of five videos generating connections between HIV and other forms of illness and disability.

The program features newly commissioned work by Dorothy Cheung, Hiura Fernandes & Lili Nascimento, Beau Gomez, Dolissa Medina & Ananias P. Soria, and Kurt Weston.

The New York City premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art will include a post-screening discussion with artists Dorothy Cheung, Beau Gomez, Hiura Fernandes, and Lili Nascimento, moderated by Visual AIDS Artist Engagement and Community Programs Manager Blake Paskal.

Inspired by a statement from Cyrée Jarelle Johnson in the book Black Futures, Everyone I Know Is Sick examines how our society excludes disabled and sick people by upholding a false dichotomy of health and sickness. Inviting us to understand disability as a common experience rather than an exception to the norm, the program highlights a range of experiences spanning HIV, COVID-19, mental health, and aging. The commissioned artists foreground the knowledge and expertise of disabled and sick people in a world still grappling with multiple ongoing pandemics.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based nonprofit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is a Whitney Education Community Partner.

*Masking note: For this event, Visual AIDS is focused on providing a space that is accessible to those in our community who are immunocompromised and most susceptible to COVID-19. Face coverings will be required to attend this event. All attendees age two and older must wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth.

The Susan and John Hess Family Theater is equipped with an induction loop and infrared assistive listening system. Accessible seating is available.

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