AIDS Memorial Quilt at UW-Parkside Gallery Oct 22 – Nov 4, 2012

THE NAMES PROJECT AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT: Reflections on Three Decades of the Epidemic

UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery

October 22 – November 4, 2012

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Since 1981 when HIV/AIDS was first identified, it has killed over 3 million people; today more than 34 million people worldwide live with the incurable disease. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the AIDS pandemic, UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery presents an exhibition of twelve large panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt, aglobal collaborative art project that weighs 54 tons, is composed of more than 48,000 panels, and is dedicated to more than 94,000 individuals who have died or are living with AIDS. Quilt panels created in the community and by UW-Parkside students and staff will also be on view in this special two-week exhibition coinciding with UW-Parkside Theatre Department’s staging of “Voices from the Quilt” and UW-Parkside Music Department’s performances of selections from “The AIDS Quilt Songbook.”

Programs and Events

 Oct. 22: The UW-Parkside Peer Health Educators student organization speaks about HIV/AIDS both in the college and general population. Students will share facts about how to protect yourself, where to get tested, how to reduce stigma, and myths, and facts of the disease. Informational pamphlets and condoms will be available free of charge. This program begins at noon in Fine Arts Gallery.

Oct. 24: Gallery Reading Group “Naming Names: The Art of Memory and the Names Project AIDS Quilt” (Critical Inquiry, 1993); join UW-Parkside faculty, staff, and students in a discussion of Peter Hawkins’ classic essay. This program begins at noon in Fine Arts Gallery.

Oct. 26 & Oct. 28: “The AIDS Quilt Songbook” is performed by the UW-Parkside Opera Workshop under the direction of Ami Bouterse. These performances feature Alvaro Garcia on viola and Fumi Nishikiori on piano with narration by Tara Pedersen. The Oct. 26 program beings at noon in Fine Arts Gallery; the Oct. 28 program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Frances Bedford Concert Hall.

Oct 29: “Literature in the Plague Years: Confronting Silence with Words” Professor of English Carole Vopat will discuss literary art as a first response to the AIDS crisis, illustrating with her students through readings of poetry and fiction the use of words to counter silence; first to protest and confront, later to comfort and grieve; above all, like the quilt, to bear witness to the lives and names of the fallen, that they continue to exist in memory, through time, and beyond death. This program begins at noon in Fine Arts Gallery.

Oct. 31: The UW-Parkside LGBTQ Resource Center presents “Table Talk: HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ Community.” This session focuses on HIV and AIDS in the LGBTQ Community. Student facilitators present questions to engage the audience in thoughtful discussion of the issues. This program begins at noon in Fine Arts Gallery.

Nov. 2, 3, & 4: FreshINK, Parkside Theatre’s staged reading series, presents Dr. Dean Yohnk’s “Voices of the Quilt.” Drawn from narratives written by those who lost loved ones to the disease, this program begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Fine Arts Gallery. November 4th, there will be a 2:00 p.m. performance as well.

Nov.  4:  A professional performance of “The AIDS Quilt Songbook” featuring baritone Kurt Ollmann who recorded the original performance of “Songbook” at its premiere and guest artist William Lavonis, tenor. Faculty members Ami Bouterse, soprano; Allison Hull, mezzo-soprano; Alvaro Garcia, viola; and Fumi Nishikiori, piano also perform. New compositions by UW-Parkside alumnus Ayesu Lartey and Indiana University South Bend Professor Jorge Muniz, both commissioned for this event, are presented. This program begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Frances Bedford Concert Hall.

UW-Parkside Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha WI 53414

Hours: Saturday, Monday: 12 – 4 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday: 12 – 6 pm; Thursday: 12 – 8 pm; Friday and Sunday: closed. (Metered parking weekdays until 6pm, free parking on the weekends.)  The gallery will be open 30 minutes prior to performances, during performances and 30 minutes after performances.

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About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

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