On October 30, 2011, the National Portrait Gallery opened its first major museum exhibition to focus on themes of sexual differences in modern American portraiture. Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture brings together a wide range of media, including paintings, photographs, works on paper, film, and installation art. Hide/Seek takes a historical approach, beginning […]Read more "Hide/Seek: Raising Awareness of AIDS Through Art"
Tony Kushner’s Angels in America features Roy M. Cohn, a fictionalized version of a real right-wing lawyer who stood center stage in the American politics of the Cold War. Roy Cohn was, in life as in the play, a complex figure full of contradictions. A precocious and arrogant young man, he graduated from Columbia Law […]Read more "Untangling Roy Cohn"
Fear can be a deadly poison. It spreads quietly and without warning for reasons we cannot always understand. It tears us apart from loved ones, and keeps out all other emotions: joy, anger, remorse, grief. Few understand fear’s silent power like victims of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), a disease just as poisonous as the fear […]Read more "“Don’t you think I’m handling this well?”: Angels in America and the AIDS Stigma"
For years, the only thing I knew about the culture of the early AIDS epidemic in NYC, I knew from the musical RENT. Sure, I knew more about the disease itself. In fact, in high school I was vice president of a club called the Teen Aids Task Force. We were trained and educated about […]Read more "AZT Break"
photo from http://www.wemakethechange.com/faces/ Roy: And what is my diagnosis, Henry? Henry: You have AIDS, Roy. Roy: No, Henry, no. AIDS is what homosexuals have. I have liver cancer.  Oftentimes, it seems as if HIV/AIDS is a faceless epidemic that people do not want to speak about or associate themselves with. However in reality, the virus […]Read more "The Faces of HIV"