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Oral history interview with Avram Finkelstein, 2016 April 25-May 23

Interviewee:
Finkelstein, Avram, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Subject:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Gay activists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)17347
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)380480
AAA_collcode_finkel16
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_380480
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Oral history interview with Robert Vázquez-Pacheco

Interviewee:
Vázquez-Pacheco, Robert, 1956-  Search this
Interviewer:
Kerr, Theodore  Search this
Names:
ACT UP (Organization)  Search this
Gay Switchboard (Berkeley, Calif.)  Search this
Gran Fury (Artists' collective)  Search this
National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization  Search this
Other Countries, Inc.  Search this
People with AIDS Coalition  Search this
State University College (Oswego, N.Y.) -- Students  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Ayala, George  Search this
Bordowitz, Gregg  Search this
Callen, Michael, 1955-1993  Search this
Elovich, Richard  Search this
Finkelstein, Avram, 1952-  Search this
Foreman, Matt  Search this
France, David, 1959-  Search this
Garcia, Robert, 1933-2017  Search this
George, Carl  Search this
Guzmán, Manolo  Search this
Kalin, Tom  Search this
King, Charles Bird, 1785-1862  Search this
Kirschenbaum, David A.  Search this
Kramer, Larry  Search this
Levine, Deb  Search this
McAlpin, Loring, 1960-  Search this
McCarty, Marlene, 1957-  Search this
Metroka, Craig  Search this
Moffett, Donald, 1955-  Search this
Rice-González, Charles  Search this
Russo, Vito  Search this
Simpson, Mark, 1965-  Search this
Staley, Peter  Search this
Walsh, Joey, 1938-  Search this
Extent:
8 Items (sound files (6 hr., 59 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
131 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 December 16-17
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Robert Vázquez-Pacheco conducted 2017 December 16 and 17, by Theodore Kerr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at The New School, in New York, New York.
Vazquez-Pacheco speaks of his childhood in South Bronx housing projects; members and dynamics of his family growing up; experiences and discourses of religion, race, gender, sexuality, reading, and the arts as a child and adolescent; attending SUNY Oswego for one year; an existentially pivotal year in Miami in 1975; returning to New York in 1976, immersing himself in Latino gay culture, and being exposed to white gay culture; living in Hempstead, New York for two years with a boyfriend, and beginning to paint again; working at Chase Manhattan Bank and volunteering for the Gay Switchboard in New York City in the late '70s; the beginning of the AIDS epidemic; caring for his boyfriend, Jeff, who died of AIDS in 1986; the particular experience and effect of HIV on communities of color and low-income communities; mounting societal homophobia during the epidemic; leading Gay Circles, a gay men's consciousness-raising group, in the late '80s; his involvement in ACT UP, and burgeoning political consciousness, after Jeff's death; activism as a creative outlet; working at different times with the People With AIDS health group, the Anti-Violence Project, the Minority AIDS Taskforce, Latino Gay Men of New York, Minority AIDS Coalition in Philadelphia, and LLEGO in Washington; AIDS activism's failure to think intersectionally and build coalitions; his involvement in Gran Fury; becoming a more prolific writer, and getting involved with Other Countries, in the early '90s; Gran Fury's 2011 retrospective; the need for racial diversity and representation in activism and the art world; white flight from AIDS activism following the arrival of protease inhibitors; personal frustrations with the current AIDS activism discourse and nonprofit organizational complex, and the general cultural conversation about HIV/AIDS; contrasting representations of AIDS activism in How to Survive a Plague and BPM; and the essential role of art in AIDS activism. Vazquez-Pacheco also recalls Mark Simpson, Craig Metroka, David Kirschenbaum, Maxine Wolfe, Avram Finkelstein, Deb Levine, Charles King, Robert Garcia, Ortez Alderson, Derek Hodel, Gregg Bordowitz, Michael Callen, Carl George, Joey Walsh, Matt Foreman, Vito Russo, Larry Kramer, Tom Kalin, Marlene McCarty, Charles Rice-González, George Ayala, Essex Hemphill, Manolo Guzmán, Donald Moffett, Cladd Stevens, Richard Elovich, Loring McAlpin, Michael Nesline, Peter Staley, David France, Andrew Miller, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Vázquez-Pacheco (1956- ) is a visual artist and writer in New York, New York. Theodore Kerr (1979- ) is a writer and organizer in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
Activism  Search this
AIDS activists  Search this
AIDS (Disease)  Search this
AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and art  Search this
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.vazque17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-vazque17

Oral history interview with Alexandra Juhasz

Interviewee:
Juhasz, Alexandra  Search this
Interviewer:
Kerr, Theodore  Search this
Names:
Swarthmore College  Search this
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Carlomusto, Jean  Search this
Cato, Kenrick  Search this
Cunningham, Megan  Search this
Dunye, Cheryl  Search this
Durand, Yannick  Search this
Edwards, Marcia  Search this
Engebreston, Jon  Search this
Finkelstein, Avram, 1952-  Search this
Guimento, Joe  Search this
Hasty, Glenda  Search this
Haynes, Todd  Search this
Hebert, Pato  Search this
Hollibaugh, Amber L., 1946-  Search this
Kalin, Tom  Search this
Lamb, James Robert  Search this
Lebow, Alisa  Search this
Leonard, Zoe  Search this
Lesjak, Carolyn, 1963-  Search this
Ludlam, Charles  Search this
Matta, Aida  Search this
Mohammed, Juanita  Search this
Penceal, Sharon  Search this
Prieto, Miguel  Search this
Quinton, Everett  Search this
Schulman, Sarah, 1958-  Search this
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky  Search this
Spiro, Ellen  Search this
Vasquez-Pacheco, Robert  Search this
Wolf, Maxine  Search this
Extent:
6 Items (sound files (5 hr., 56 min.) Audio, digital, wav)
117 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Interviews
Sound recordings
Date:
2017 December 19-21
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Alexandra Juhasz conducted 2017 December 19 and 21, by Theodore Kerr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Juhasz's home in Brooklyn, New York.
Juhasz speaks of her commitment to AIDS activism; her intellectual, bohemian, culturally Jewish upbringing; developing her feminism, political consciousness and activism in high school and college; her relationship with James "Jim" Robert Lamb; moving to New York for graduate school in 1986; the beginning of her AIDS activism and video-making practice in the late '80s; reflecting on her privilege and positionality in her activist work; her commitment to making marginal work; Jim Lamb's role in Video Remains, followed by his death and enduring inspiration for her work; the striking and surprising aspects of participating in an oral history; historical and theoretical underpinnings of video-making as an activist strategy and process; making activist video with the WAVE collective; the stakes, challenges, and costs of marginalized communities fighting for self-representation; making activist video with Swarthmore college students; the artistic milieu of New Queer Cinema; producing The Watermelon Woman and recently re-releasing it; moving to Los Angeles and having a period of silence in AIDS activism; returning to AIDS activism by making Video Remains; her ongoing collaborative writing about AIDS with Theodore Kerr; and her most recent projects. Juhasz also recalls Eve Sedgwick, Joe Guimento, Jon Engebretson, Jean Carlomusto, Tom Kalin, Avram Finkelstein, Amber Hollibaugh, Maxine Wolfe, Miguel Prieto, Robert Vasquez-Pacheco, Charles Ludlam, Everett Quinton, Carolyn Lesjak, Yannick Durand, Juanita Mohammed, Sharon Penceal, Aida Matta, Glenda Hasty, Marcia Edwards, Kenrick Cato, Megan Cunningham, Cheryl Dunye, Zoe Leonard, Pato Hebert, Alisa Lebow, Sarah Schulman, Todd Haynes, Ellen Spiro, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Alexandra Juhasz (1964- ) is an AIDS activist, media maker, and scholar in New York, New York. Theodore Kerr (1979- ) is a writer and organizer in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
AIDS (Disease)  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Educators -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Feminists  Search this
Filmmakers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Oral history  Search this
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Sound recordings
Identifier:
AAA.juhasz17
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-juhasz17

Oral history interview with Avram Finkelstein

Interviewee:
Finkelstein, Avram, 1952-  Search this
Interviewer:
Carr, C.  Search this
Names:
Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project  Search this
Extent:
23 Items (sound files (7 hrs.), digital, wav)
148 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2016 April 25-May 23
Scope and Contents:
An interview with Avram Finkelstein conducted 2016 April 25-May 23, by Cynthia Carr, for the Archives of American Art's Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic: An Oral History Project, at Finkelstein's home and studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Finkelstein speaks of his childhood on Long Island; attending the School of the Museum of fine Arts in Boston; moving to New York in the late 1970s; losing his first partner, Don Yowell, to AIDS; the genesis and distribution of his many AIDS activist posters; the beginnings and actions of ACT UP and Gran Fury; the context of the 1990s culture wars; the mishandling of HIV/AIDS as a public health issue in the 1980s and 1990s; his personal transformation as a result of living through the AIDS crisis; and his work on Flash Collective. Finkelstein also recalls Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, P.L. DiCorcia, Jorge Socarras, Lou Molette, Richard Goldstein, Larry Kramer, Chris Lione, Simon Doonan, Mark Simpson, Don Moffett, Todd Haynes, Robert Vasquez, Loring McAlpin, Michael Nesline, Tom Kalin, Amy Heard, Mark Harrington, Richard Deagle, Julie Tolentino, Lola Flash, Davod Meieran, Patrick Moore, Maria Maggenti, Sean Strub, Eric Sawyer, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Avram Finkelstein (1952- ) is an artist, writer, and activist in New York, New York. Cynthia Carr (1950- ) is a writer in New York, New York.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Topic:
AIDS (Disease) and the arts  Search this
Authors -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Gay activists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Gay artists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.finkel16
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-finkel16

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