Keith Haring, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Joe Brainard, David Wojnarowicz, Hugh Steers, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Klaus Nomi…the list of New York artists who died of AIDS over the last several decades is countless, and the loss immeasurable. Last Address, by filmmaker Ira Sachs, uses images of the exteriors of the houses, apartment buildings, and lofts where these and others were living at the time of their deaths to mark the disappearance of a generation. The film is a remembrance of that loss, as well as an evocation of the continued presence of these artists work in our lives and culture.
The film is nine minutes long and will be screened on a loop.
To mark twenty years of action and remembrance of a Day With(out) Art, the following museums and art institutions will screen Last Address on December 1, 2010: New Museum, Tate Modern, Whitney Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Andy Warhol Museum, Wexner Center for the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Grey Art Gallery, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU, among others.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV positive artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. Visual AIDS launched a Day With(out) Art as a World AIDS Day initiative in 1988 to mourn those we have lost and to promote a broader awareness of the crisis. As the AIDS crisis and our understanding of it evolve, so must our actions. Visual AIDS continues to produce thought-provoking exhibitions, events, and artist editions promoting HIV prevention and AIDS Awareness.
Ira Sachs is a filmmaker whose work includes the features Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997), and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning Forty Shades of Blue (2005). He is the co-founder and curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York.