Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to host the Presentation and Book Signing of:
Militant Eroticism: The Art+Positive Archives:
Edited by Dr. Daniel S. Berger and John Neff
A brief lecture introducing the book will be followed by discussion with Dan Berger and John Neff, led by writer and scholar Jason Foumberg. Books will be available during this event at a special discount.
Published by Sternberg Press, the book is the first survey of the art and practice of Art+Positive, a significant affinity group of ACT UP New York during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
Staging self-initiated actions, and also participating in larger demonstrations organized by ACT UP, Art+Positive practiced an improvisational approach to activism at the intersection of the AIDS crisis and the Culture Wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their multi-platform projects were especially focused on fighting AIDS phobia, censorship, homophobia, misogyny and racism. Members, collaborators and contributors to Art+Positive included artists Lola Flash, Nan Goldin, Aldo Hernández, Zoe Leonard, Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, Catherine Saalfield (aka Gunn), Julie Tolentino and David Wojnarowicz.
The Art+Positive archives, had been out of public view for more than twenty years. Art collector and HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Daniel S. Berger acquired the group’s archives in early 2015. Shortly thereafter, he and artist John Neff presented an exhibition of the archives at Iceberg Projects, Chicago. Militant Eroticism: The Art+ Positive Archives documents that exhibition, and is extensively illustrated with artworks, documents, protest
ephemera and meeting notes from the Art+Positive archives. Also included are essays by Berger, Neff, and former ACT UP member and scholar Deborah Levine. These essays are presented alongside previously unpublished writings by Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds and David Wojnarowicz.