BMA Violet Hour: Day With(out) Art 2022

In commemoration of World AIDS Day and the Darrel Ellis: Regeneration exhibition, the Baltimore Museum of Art is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2022 by presenting Being & Belonging, a program of seven short videos highlighting under-told stories of HIV and AIDS from the perspective of artists living with HIV across the world.

The program features newly commissioned work by Camila Arce (Argentina), Davina “Dee” Conner and Karin Hayes (USA), Jaewon Kim (South Korea), Clifford Prince King (USA), Santiago Lemus and Camilo Acosta Huntertexas (Colombia), Mikiki (Canada), and Jhoel Zempoalteca and La Jerry (México).

From navigating sex and intimacy to confronting stigma and isolation, Being & Belonging centers the emotional realities of living with HIV today. How does living with HIV shift the ways that a person experiences, asks for, or provides love, support, and belonging? The seven videos are a call for belonging from those that have been stigmatized within their communities or left out of mainstream HIV/AIDS narratives.

Visitors are invited to view Darrel Ellis: Regeneration before or after the program.

BMA Violet Hour

The day will culminate in a BMA Violet Hour presentation by Dr. Jason Chernesky, Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, called Marginalized No More?: Illuminating lesser-known stories about AIDS in the United States.

Learn more here. 

Program Schedule

12 p.m.Being & Belonging, 45-minute program of seven short videos. Screenings will begin on the hour in the BMA Auditorium.

5 p.m. – Last screening begins

6 p.m. BMA Violet Hour presentation and Q&A

7 p.m. – Program ends


Visual AIDS

Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today, by producing and presenting visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications – while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement. We embrace diversity and difference in our staff, leadership, artists, and audiences.

Day With(out) Art

An International Day of Action and Mourning in response to the AIDS crisis.

In 1989, in response to the worsening AIDS crisis and coinciding with the World Health Organization’s second annual World AIDS Day on December 1, Visual AIDS organized the first Day Without Art. A committee of art workers (curators, writers, and art professionals) sent out a call for “mourning and action in response to the AIDS crisis” that would celebrate the lives and achievements of lost colleagues and friends; encourage caring for all people with AIDS; educating diverse publics about HIV infection; and finding a cure. Since 2010, Visual AIDS has worked with artists and filmmakers to internationally distribute videos to museums, art institutions, schools, and AIDS organizations. Each year since then, Visual AIDS has commissioned and distributed a video program for Day With(out) Art, coordinating screenings at over 100 venues around the world.


Mikiki, Red Flag, a Love Letter, 2022. Commissioned by Visual AIDS for Being & Belonging

The Details

Location BMA Main Campus Cost Free

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