Dan Levy’s costume to the Met Gala Monday night was a tribute to AIDS activist and artist David Wojnarowicz.
Visual AIDS posted on Instagram: Levy’s amazing Met Gala suit by Jonathan Anderson for LOEWE is a tribute to David Wojnarowicz. In celebration of this great fashion moment and to honor David Wojnarowicz’s groundbreaking AIDS activism, LOEWE gave a generous donation to Visual AIDS.
HyperAllergic: David Wojnarowicz is a cultural figure well-known by many queer artists and those interested in queer art, but less well-known in the larger cultural landscape. This is due in part to the fact that he died from AIDS-related illnesses in 1992, at the age of 37. But it’s also because of his lack of formal training and his intense restlessness when it comes to form, both of which make it tricky to easily place his work within the dominant curatorial and aesthetic conversations of his time — conversations that were then just beginning to gel around broad categories like neo-conceptualism, neo-expressionism, and postmodernism.
In the 14 years that followed, prior to his death, he created a vast body of photographic works, paintings, mixed media sculptures, graffiti, music, film, and performance. And a significant portion of that work is overtly political, designed to support fellow AIDS activists’ fight for recognition of the humanity of those with AIDS, of the full scope of the disease’s reach, and access to healthcare and treatment.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.
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