Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings screen in San Diego for Day With(out) Art

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings screen in San Diego for Day With(out) Art

Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings screen in San Diego for Day With(out) Art

Black artists tackle AIDS through innovative short videos

Film Still Courtesy of Brontez Purnell

Day With(out) Art began in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To make the public aware that AIDS can touch everyone, and inspire positive action.

Local artists, art galleries and service organizations worked with closely with Visual AIDS (New York) to bring newly commissioned videos by artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona McClodden and Brontez Purnell to San Diego.  Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, this year the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos.  The film will premiere at the Whitney Museum of American Art on World AIDS Day and then move across the country in art galleries, theaters and special community screenings. It will be screened locally on December 2nd at the Digital Cinema Theater (Medias Arts Center San Diego) in North Park.  Free public screenings will be shown at 6:30 PM and 7:50 PM.  Limited seating; first come, first seated.

Film Still Courtesy of Reina Gossett

“Fellow artist Patrick Brown and I are both active Artist+ members of Visual AIDS artist registry,” said local artist and The Studio Door gallery owner Patric Stillman. “When we saw the roster for this year’s videos, we immediately talked with POZabilities and Media Arts Center San Diego who agreed that they would help to bring these important films to San Diego.  Even though its not making headlines, 36 million men, women and children are living and struggling with HIV today. If we are to ever get on top of this worldwide epidemic, we have to remain vigilant.”  The Archive Project, Escondido Arts Partnership, FilmOut San Diego and San Diego Human Dignity Foundation also stepped up to help promote the screenings.

Calendar Dates Day With(out) Art Screenings:
 Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – 7:50 PM

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, these stories and experiences are constantly excluded from larger artistic and historical narratives. In 2016, African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. “Alternate Endings, Radical Beginnings” seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans folks. The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

Film Still Courtesy of Mykki Blanco

Escondido Arts Partnership and The Studio Door are also participating in the benefit exhibition Postcards From The Edge to raise funds and awareness of HIV/AIDS. For more details on the screenings or postcard art exhibitions, please contact Patric Stillman at The Studio Door by email; phone 619-255-4920 or visit


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