Category Archives: AIDS/

Over the years, the ICI has accumulated a small collection of ephemera related to the AIDS pandemic. Whether free postcards or newspaper ads, broadsides of guerilla semiotics or artist projects that appropriate, re-appropriate and invert cultural icons and forms, these objects are silent but poignant reminders of a pandemic that has shaped global culture for almost 30 years now.

EPHEMERA KABINETT: Hands (DWA, 1996)

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ICI ACCESSION #: ICI 22330 TITLE: (Xeroxed) Hands DESCRIPTION: A predecessor to the ‘Instagram post,’ this instant ‘photo’ created by a xerox machine is able to capture the energy of a group of volunteers for the 1996 Day Without Art, … Continue reading

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We Are All HIV+

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EK ACCESSION #: ICI 22324 TITLE: Diamanda Galas tattoo on hand – We Are All HIV+ DISCUSSION: When her brother died from AIDS in 1986, Diamanda Galas tattooed the knuckles of her left hand with ” We are all HIV+” … Continue reading

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Ephemera Kabinett: Original AIDS Ribbon

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ACCESSION #: ICI 21278 TITLE: Original design for the red ribbon created for AIDS recognition, c. 1991 DISCUSSION: The original red ribbon was created in 1991 to recognize people living with HIV and AIDS along with their caretakers.  It was created by the … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: NYT Magazine article on AIDS in America (2017)

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ICI ACCESSION #: 22315 TITLE: Why do America’s Black Gay and Bisexual Men Have a Higher H.I.V. Rate Than Any Country in the World? by Linda Villarosa DISCUSSION: Cover story in a 2017 issue of the New York Times Sunday magazine … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Alpha Flight Comic

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EK ACCESSION #: ICI 21263 TITLE: Northstar Comes Out (character from Alpha Flight by Marvel Comics) DISCUSSION: In the March 1992 issue of Alpha Flight, Northstar comes out after his adopted daughter dies of AIDS. ICI COLLECTIONS: AIDS, Firsts

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: AIDS Trading Cards

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ICI ACCESSION #: ICI 21317 TITLE: AIDS Trading Cards ACQUIRED/DONOR: 1993/James Weschler DISCUSSION: The AIDS trading cards were produced by Eclipse Enterprise, distributor of collectible comics, graphic novels, and trading cards. The set includes cards dedicated to famous people who … Continue reading

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Broadside by John Giorno for VisualAIDS

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ICI ACCESSION #: ICI 22110 TITLE: Treat a Complete Stranger as a lover… ACQUIRED/DONOR: 1993/VisualAIDS DISCUSSION: A Broadside created by John Giorno for Visual AIDS to commemorate the Day Without Art in 1993. ICI COLLECTIONS: AIDS; What I desire/I’m (not)sorry

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EPHEMERA KABINETT: Bio from the AIDS Bottle Project

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ICI ACCESSION #: ICI 22329 TITLE: Obituary for Ricardia Palmer-Michel, died at age 5 of AIDS DISCUSSION: This is a bio collected for the 1995 AIDS Bottle Project. Collected before there were any good archives on the internet, these bios … Continue reading

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Volvelle With Condom Comebacks

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EK ACCESSION#: ICI 21521 TITLE: Condom Comebacks DISCUSSION: AIDS education has taken many forms including this volvelle that offers “comebacks” for sex partners who refused to wear condoms. COLLECTIONS AT THE ICI: AIDS, Volvelles  

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The AIDS Gang

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EK ACCESSION #: ICI 21220 TITLE: The AIDS Gang ICI COLLECTIONS: AIDS

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