Call for Submissions Visual AIDS’ Call for Curatorial Proposals
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International Deadline: April 22, 2019 – Visual AIDS invites curators to submit a proposal for our annual one-month exhibition, to take place Summer 2020. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
Visual AIDS is looking for proposals that use art to examine the relationship between HIV and contemporary culture, contemplate the deep cultural history of AIDS, art and activism, or highlight the work of artists living with HIV. Previous exhibitions have explored notions such as HIV criminalization, everyday art practices, the intersection of nightlife and HIV/AIDS activism, love as activism, believing in the unknown, measuring the undetectable, and using text as image to contemplate mixed messages. Proposals should focus on contemporary issues with an eye towards both ideas of the past and possible futures. Curators are strongly encouraged to consider the work of artists in Visual AIDS’ online Artist+ Registry.
Visual AIDS will provide an exhibition venue in a gallery space in NYC, honorarium and administrative support, along with access to Visual AIDS artist members, and information about HIV/AIDS and related contemporary issues. Curators need not be based in New York, however they will need to be easily accessible. Organizing, planning and installation are expected to be “hands-on.”
Proposals should be a 1-2 page description of the exhibition that includes a list of possible artists; a working timeline for the exhibition to open Summer/Fall 2018; general budget considerations for shipping and/or art production, and a C.V.
Email proposals to proposals@visualAIDS.org with email subject line “Curatorial Proposal 2019: [Name of Applicant(s)]” or mail packet to:
526 West 26th Street, #510
New York, NY 10001
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Successful proposals will illustrate an eye for detail, and an ability to communicate and understand workload management. Curators are expected to be involved in all aspects of exhibition planning, including contacting artists, organizing artwork shipment, installing and deinstalling exhibition, etc. Previous experience curating exhibitions is a plus but not mandatory. A successful proposal will engage contemporary artists and art in innovative ways, while ensuring underrepresented issues and communities are represented. Ideas for related programming are welcomed but not mandatory.
Writers, artists, community leaders and other cultural workers who can demonstrate an ability to curate an exhibition are welcome to apply. We are open to accepting applications from individuals as well as teams and pairs.
Successful applicant(s) will be notified by May 2019.
Visual AIDS is a New York-based arts non-profit with a growing national and international reach. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual arts projects, while assisting artists living with HIV and AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV and AIDS as well as the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. Visual AIDS’ office is located in Chelsea, NYC and we are growing to a staff of five.
526 W. 26th St. # 510
New York, NY 10001