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Day With(out) Art – World AIDS Day

December 1, 2020

To commemorate World AIDS Day, several groups at Rutgers are collaborating to present “Day With(out) Art” on December 1. Zimmerli Art Museum, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers Global, School of Public Health, and other university partners are offering virtual programming in memory of Thomas Sokolowski, the Zimmerli’s late director. In 1988, Sokolowski helped found Visual AIDS, a New York City-based nonprofit that utilizes art to fight AIDS and the original sponsor of this national day of action and mourning.

Schedule for Day With(Out) Art:

9:00 a.m. – Attend a live Zoom screening of TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six videos newly commissioned by Visual AIDS, considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), Las Indetectables (Chile), Charan Singh (India/U.K.), and George Stanley (Uganda). Click here for more details about the video program. Please note: the video program contains explicit content. Register to attend.

Throughout the day – Special content honoring Tom Sokolowski will be featured on the Zimmerli’s online platforms (click here for links to the museum’s social media profiles).

7:00 p.m. – Attend a live Zoom panel on the historical and contemporary intersections of HIV/AIDS advocacy and the arts, with a special emphasis on the role Tom Sokolowski played in founding Visual AIDS. Visual artist and Mason Gross professor Jeanine Oleson will moderate a conversation among Nelson Santos, an artist, curator, and former director of Visual AIDS; Allen Frame, a photographer and writer who has long worked with Visual AIDS; Perry N. Halkitis, dean of Rutgers School of Public Health; and Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli’s curator of American and modern art, Mellon Director of Academic Programs, and currently the museum’s interim director. Register to attend.

In addition to the partners named above (Zimmerli Art Museum, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers Global, School of Public Health), “Day With(out) Art” is presented with additional support by Rutgers Student Health, Rutgers Global Health Institute, Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, and the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Online via Zoom and social media – see program descriptions above for access information

Free and open to the public. More info:


December 1, 2020


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