The Humanities Project Events for February 2012
Department of Rare Books & Special Collections,
Plutzik Room, Rush Rhees Library, 2nd floor
Gran Fury, an affinity group of ACT UP, created iconic images that branded the AIDS activist movement in the late 1980s and early 90s. Responding to the Reagan Administration's silence about AIDS, as well as to the stigmatization of people with HIV, Gran Fury sought to make visible the social and political dimensions of the pandemic. Beginning with Xeroxes and wheat paste, they plastered flyers throughout downtown Manhattan in conjunction with ACT UP demonstrations. Eventually, with funding from art institutions, they designed billboards for conventional ad spaces. With stylish, smart and provocative text and image, Gran Fury sought to commander attention to advance the public discourse around AIDS. Collective members Loring McAlpin and John Lindell will show images of Gran Fury's work, some of which are featured in the exhibition "Picturing AIDS and Its Publics: Educational Posters from the Atwater Collection," on view in the Rush Rhees Library's Department of Rare Books & Special Collections.