Art in the AIDS era

1980s New York was tragic, gritty, and electrified by artists who brought their art into the street.


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David Wojnarowicz, <em>Untitled (One Day This Kid . . .)</em>
David Wojnarowicz, Untitled (One Day This Kid . . .)

Having the young Wojnarowicz’s face disseminated as a visible queer child was a potent political symbol.

Pepón Osorio, <i>Badge of Honor</i>
Pepón Osorio, Badge of Honor

Pepón Osorio's installation illuminates the experience of a father and son separated by incarceration.

Masami Teraoka, <em>American Kabuki</em>
Masami Teraoka, American Kabuki

Teraoka draws on Japan's brilliant history of art and kabuki theatre to creating beauty from heart-rending tragedy.

Keith Haring, <em>Subway Drawings</em>
Keith Haring, Subway Drawings

Haring’s subway drawings were born from his desire to create art that was accessible for everyone.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, <em>Horn Players</em>
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Horn Players

Basquiat appropriated wildly—and creatively—from Old Masters, Picasso, anatomical textbooks, and even jazz.

Pepón Osorio, <em>En la barberia no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop)</em>
Pepón Osorio, En la barberia no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Barbershop)

Osorio’s art explores the experience of being Latin American in New York City.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, <em>“Untitled” (billboard of an empty bed)</em>
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (billboard of an empty bed)

Gonzalez-Torres evokes absent bodies in his works, which bring gay identity and the AIDS crisis into public view.

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