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STILL BEGINNING: The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art

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STILL BEGINNING: The 30th Annual Day With(out) Art, 2019. Courtesy Visual AIDS

Join us on Sunday, December 1, the thirtieth annual Day With(out) Art, for a screening of STILL BEGINNING, commissioned by Visual AIDS.

New Museum is proud to partner with Visual AIDS on World AIDS Day to present STILL BEGINNING, a program of seven newly commissioned videos responding to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic by Shanti Avirgan, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Carl George, Viva Ruiz, Iman Shervington, Jack Waters/Victor F.M. Torres, and Derrick Woods-Morrow.

STILL BEGINNING is composed of seven short videos ranging in subject from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago, highlighting pioneering AIDS activism with intergenerational conversations. Recalling Gregg Bordowitz’s reminder that “THE AIDS CRISIS IS STILL BEGINNING,” the video program resists narratives of resolution or conclusion, considering the continued urgency of HIV/AIDS activism in the contemporary moment, while revisiting resonant cultural histories of the past three decades.

STILL BEGINNING will play in the New Museum Theater at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.

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


Shanti Avirgan, Beat Goes On, 2019
Beat Goes On is an all-archival video portrait of Keith Cylar (1958–2004), the cofounder of Housing Works and a central figure in the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP) NY.

Carl George, The Lie, 2019
Offering “ruminations on ruined nations,” The Lie aims to expose the links between war, poverty, AIDS, and capitalism, and to discredit the persistent mythologies that bind them all.

Nguyen Tan Hoang, I Remember Dancing, 2019
I Remember Dancing brings together an intergenerational cast of trans and queer gaysians ruminating on the past and future of AIDS, activism, gay culture, love, and (un)safe sex.

Viva Ruiz, Chloe Dzubilo: Love Warrior, 2019
Viva Ruiz invites transgender AIDS activist, artist, and beloved friend Chloe Dzubilo (1960–2011) to speak via never before seen Hi8 footage filmed by Chloe’s then-partner Kelly McGowan.

Iman Shervington, I’m Still Me, 2019
I’m Still Me highlights Sian, a Black woman living with HIV in Louisiana, who works in partnership with the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies to address the disproportionate effect of HIV on Black women in the South.

Jack Waters and Victor F.M. Torres, (eye, virus), 2019
Through an experimental collage of video and pictographs, (eye, virus) explores how conversations around disclosure, stigma, and harm reduction shift across generations and from public to private realms.

Derrick Woods-Morrow, Much handled things are always soft, 2019
Derrick Woods-Morrow reflects on the history of public sex in Black Chicago from the 1960s through the 1980s, in conversation with photographer and long-term survivor Patric McCoy.

Accessibility note: Videos will be screened with captions. This program contains sexually explicit content. One of the seven videos contains several minutes of rapidly flashing and contrasting light.


Education and Public Engagement programs at the New Museum are made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts. Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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