Creating art in the midst of the AIDS crisis was a cathartic response to a disease of enormous tragedy. One especially affecting large group display of such work is “Postcards from the Edge,” organized by Visual AIDS in New York City. Like the early AIDS quilt, each contributor’s work is deemed to be of equal importance, suggesting that each life matters. Each individual work stands with others, shoulder to shoulder in solidarity. The only theme is perhaps “we’re in this to make a difference,” and that AIDS is not over.
At least six FIT faculty members and staff have contributed to the 17th “Post Cards from the Edge” (PCFE) exhibit. But you won’t find their name on their work–yet. All of the artwork remains anonymous until after it’s purchased.
Guesswork is encouraged. But it won’t be easy. There will be 1,661 postcard artworks on display!
“This year, we have more postcard artworks than ever before,” says Esther McGowan, Associate Director of Visual AIDS. Along with FIT contributors, the postcards of well-known artists like Pipilotti Rist and Robert Gober will be on display. (A complete list of artists is on the Visual AIDS website.)
Says Amato, “The outpouring of support for this organization through this event truly represents the massive power of art and artists.”
For more information about this show and the work of Visual AIDS visit: VisualAIDS.org
FIT contributors to “Postcards from the Edge” include: Pacifico Silano (Photography, Tech C), Bil Donovan (Illustration), Ron Amato (Photography) Elisabeth Jacobsen (VPED, retired), Roberta Degnore (Social Sciences), the late Robert Getso (Social Sciences) and Kat Hartling (Social Sciences).