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Published on Dec 9, 2010
Vogue'ology: Sex In An Epidemic
On the occasion of the Day Without Art, artist Robert Sember closes his exhibition Vogue'ology (on display at Parsons' Aronson Gallery, 66 Fifth Avenue, November 17--30) with a film screening of Jean Carlomusto's award-winning "Sex in an Epidemic" (2010). Carlomusto's film explores the social and cultural history of HIV/AIDS in the United States and its impact on the gay community; the film links the emergence of the disease in the early 1980s to contemporary sex education approaches.
Including interview footage from frontline gay activists and news reports from the early 1980s through the late 2000s, the film offers a powerful and compelling look at the political controversies surrounding AIDS education. In the United States, responses to the AIDS crisis are now almost completely within the control of public health management systems. Through global NGOs, the United States has exported its programs for managing the epidemic, along with U.S. public health ideologies that downplay or avoid politically sensitive concerns with sexual rights (such as the rights of commercial sex workers), harm reduction (such as drug legalization and needle exchange), and the oppression of racial and sexual minorities (in the form of poverty and incarceration).
The screening is followed by an open discussion on how to organize to confront the AIDS crisis. Moderated by Robert Sember, the 2009--2010 Vera List Center Fellow, the discussion features panelists Arbert Santana Evisu, member of the House of Evisu, and Kevin Trimell Jones, founder of the Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia.