Name: Aids: A Living Archive

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectExplicit Sexuality , Sexual/Gender Orientation

MediumMixed Media

Artist: group of artists

Confronting Bodies: Museum of the City of New York

Date of Action: April 2001

Specific Location: Museum of the City of New York

Description of Artwork: "Aids: A Living Archive" was a part of "Gay Men's Health Crisis: 20 Years Fighting for People with H.I.V./AIDS" and included art / historical items documenting the public campaign against AIDS as well as interactive informative elements for museum visitors.

Description of Incident: The Museum of the City of New York altered some of the works in the exhibition. According to Jane Rosett, one of the two curators of the show, "Photos were cropped to exclude images of intimacy between men, and museum officials rejected representations of condoms." She was also told to exclude depictions of male genitals. A poster entitled "800 Men" had been cropped to such an extent that an image of two men was taken out, leaving only the words visible. Marty Algaze, the spokesman of Gay Men's Health Crisis, was told by a museum official that the works were modified because "The museum gets a large group of children and some sexually explicit material would be inappropriate for them to see."

Results of Incident: The incident was dismissed, as the Gay Men's Health Crisis group wanted to keep a partnership with the museum and did not protest the censorship.

Source: The New York Times, Friday, April 27, 2001, NCAC

Submitted By: NCAC

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