Second Tuesday Presents: “It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic” by Jack Lowery
In conversation with activist and writer Tim Murphy, this presentation brings to life the powerful story of art collective Gran Fury—who fought back during the AIDS crisis through organizing, direct action, and community-made propaganda— and offers lessons in love and grief to today’s marginalized communities. Jack Lowery will discuss with Tim his new book “It Was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful: How AIDS Activists Used Art to Fight a Pandemic” where he examines Gran Fury’s art and activism, from the iconic images like the Kissing Doesn’t Kill poster, to the act of dropping thousands of fake bills onto the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Lowery offers a complex, moving portrait of a group that expressed through art the profound trauma of surviving the AIDS crisis and formed essential solidarities between gays and lesbians in the activist community. Watch the Video
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ABOUT JACK LOWERY
Jack Lowery is a writer and teacher, whose writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Awl. He completed his MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University, and has taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University. As an editor, he has published the poetry of David Wojnarowicz. He lives in Brooklyn.
ABOUT TIM MURPHY
Tim Murphy is a novelist and journalist who has written about HIV/AIDS for nearly 30 years. He is a contributing writer for the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health site TheBody.com and has also written for POZ, The New York Times, New York magazine, Out magazine, the Nation and other places. He is the author of five novels including Christodora and Corr
ABOUT GRAN FURY
Gran Fury and ACT UP’s strategies are today employed by a variety of activist groups, including survivors of school shootings, harm reduction organizers, and activists for universal healthcare. Their belief in the power of art to create social change and drive political movements is illuminating in this era when violence and unending structural racism continue to target the most vulnerable. For full bio and to access their public domain artwork please visit: granfury.org/about.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
7 p.m. ET
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. ET
$10 Suggested Donation