Middlebury College Museum of Art

Thursday, December 5

Day With(out) Art: STILL BEGINNING

Video Screening and Discussion
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125 and Museum

Visual AIDS, World AIDS Day With(out) Art


In honor of World AIDS Day, the Student Friends of the Art Museum, GlobeMed, The Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, and Pre-Health Society will be hosting an afternoon of events to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS.

5:30 PM: GlobeMed will host a Q&A session entitled “Understanding HIV & AIDS Today” with a panel of four health experts:
- David Torres is a Professor of the Practice at Middlebury who works with mothers2mothers, an international NGO dedicated to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV by providing education and support for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV.
- Dr. Andrew Hale is an Assistant Professor at the UVM Medical Center specialized in infectious diseases.
- Peter Jacobsen is the executive director of Vermont CARES, a non-profit that provides help to local Vermont residents affected by HIV/AIDS through a program of prevention, support, and advocacy.
- Johnny Chagnon is an HIV prevention specialist and LGBTQ activist who coordinates events to raise awareness on HIV Prevention for gay/tri/bi men. He has been living with HIV since 2013.

Following the panel, attendees will have an opportunity to view and discuss Keith Haring’s print Silence = Death in the museum. The museum will be open for the duration of the event. Everyone is encouraged to attend and explore the rest of the collection. Food from Mad Taco will be served in conjunction with the viewing.

7:30 PM: Screening of the video program, STILL BEGINNING, provided by Visual AIDS, a “New York-based non-profit that uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.” The video program will consist of seven artists exploring the continuing presence of HIV/AIDS in the contemporary moment while revisiting resonant cultural histories of art and activism from the past three decades. There will be a conversation after the screening to discuss and reflect on the impact of HIV and AIDS in our society.

To learn more about Visual AIDS, please visit their website: www.visualaids.org.

Keith Haring, Silence Equals Death
Keith Haring (American, 1958–1990), Silence Equals Death, 1989, silkscreen on paper, 32 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches. Collection of Middlebury College Museum of Art. Purchase with funds provided by the Frederick and Martha Lapham Art Acquisition Fund, the Calvert H. Seybolt ’80 Art Acquisition Fund, and the Memorial Art Fund, 2017.002.