Leslie-Lohman Museum
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Silence=Death Collective, 2017

In June 2017, the museum commissioned the surviving members of the Silence=Death Collective to transform the facade of our building into a site-specific installation. The collective chose to recreate its powerful poster which first appeared in February of 1987 pasted across the streets of lower manhattan calling attention to, and calling for action against, the HIV/AIDS epidemic that was silently submerging our communities while being dismissed by the Reagan administration. The iconic elements from the poster were present in the installation calling attention to contemporary issues faced by the LBGTQ community. 

This inaugural commission marks the 30th anniversary of the Collective’s formation, and its mission feels as significant and necessary now as it did thirty years ago. Its message embodies a new level of urgency because of the overwhelming complacency engulfing our time, enticing us to believe that we live in a post-discrimination, post-oppression society. Yet today, our queer communities are enduring tremendous backlash as the current political climate fights to erase our voices, our rights, and ultimately our value.

Saturday Panel Info: Join a group of architects, designers, and artists for an OpenDialogue conversation on design practices and queer space at 3pm. The program aims to expand the discourse on queer culture and its relationship to domestics spaces, urban planning, community activism, and new ways of exploring the city.

 

Image credit: Mon Iker