Don’t Mourn, Consecrate: A Long Table Discussion on Pandemics, Public Art, and History (In-person)

Join NYU Special Collections, writer and organizer Theodore Kerr, and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery for a discussion centering the AIDS-related art installation Don’t Mourn, Consecrate by artist Juan González (Born 1942, Cuba; Died 1993, New York City), who died of complications linked to AIDS. One of the first public artworks to engage with the AIDS crisis in the U.S., this installation filled the street-front windows of NYU’s Grey Art Gallery from September to October 1987, predating the New Museum’s landmark exhibition, Let the Record Show, by two months.

This event will present information about González and the installation, and discussants Carlos Motta (visual artist), Melanie Kress (Senior Curator, Public Art Fund), and Samuel Ernest (doctoral candidate, Yale University) will set Don’t Mourn, Consecrate within a larger conversation about HIV/AIDS, illness, public art, identity, and memorialization. The Long Table format will allow audience members to contribute their knowledge and perspectives. What conversations about faith, activism, and mortality become ever more possible through the power of González’s work and the context in which it was made and first exhibited?

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Audience members without an active NYU ID must register to attend. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU.

Starts 10/19/23 7:00 pm
Ends 10/19/23 8:30 pm
Participants NYU Special Collections, Theodore Kerr, NYU's Grey Art Gallery, Carlos Motta, Melanie Kress, Samuel Ernest
Location Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, Second floor, North Reading Room
Cost Free of charge


Program Types: Discussion