Online Exhibition: Can You Save Superman?
Works by Jordan Eagles
Curated by Eric Shiner
The Center is proud to co-present, with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, this special online exhibit by artist Jordan Eagles as part of our month-long virtual Pride celebration.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
The challenges facing humanity in light of COVID-19 are fraught with life-or-death decisions that cause a wide range of emotions. Each in our own way, we hope for a fast end to this seemingly endless pandemic, just as we may secretly wish for a superhero to descend into our midst to rescue us from this unseeable menace.
Imagine, if you will for a moment, if that very savior—the one who can rescue us—themselves fell victim and needed to be saved. Would you help? Would you be an everyday hero and give up certain cells, antibodies or life-giving blood? Are you legally able to do so, even if you wanted to help?
Sadly, the reality is that many who want to help by donating blood and plasma are legally forbidden from doing so because of their sexual orientation. Even in the face of a global pandemic, gay and bisexual men are still precluded from donating blood and plasma due to archaic and homophobic policies* that have their origins in the fear and paranoia of the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
Contemporary artist Jordan Eagles is confronting the system by calling attention to this inequality in a new project that will be revealed for Pride Month and in advance of World Blood Donor Day (June 14) through World AIDS Day (December 1). His work asks simple questions: Can you save Superman? Will you save Superman?
*In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic and due to massive blood shortages, the FDA updated its policy, allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they are celibate for three months. There is no celibacy requirement for heterosexuals, regardless of their risk for contracting HIV.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
New York City AIDS Memorial
The New York City HIV Planning Group
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
June 10–December 1, 2020