Celebrating film and video as important source material for artists, Studio Screen presents exhibition-related screenings and conversations that engage the complex intersections of modern media and contemporary art. The Studio Museum in Harlem and Visual AIDS are pleased to commemorate the 27th annual Day With(out) Art with Studio Screen: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE. This multi-part program will begin with the uptown screening of COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, an hour-long video compilation of compulsive, daily and habitual practices of nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as a means of managing, reflecting upon and challenging the ways they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. Following the screening will be a public dialogue moderated by curator and scholar Vivian Crockett, in which exhibiting Harlem Postcards artist Nayland Blake and COMPULSIVE PRACTICE artist Luna Luis Ortiz will explore the subversive potential of video works as it relates to identity, modern media and the effect of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.
From video diaries to civil disobedience, holiday specials and backstage antics, Betamax to YouTube, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE displays a diversity of artistic approaches, experiences and expectations. Produced in conjunction with the Visual AIDS exhibition Everyday curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz and Hugh Ryan, COMPULSIVE PRACTICE demonstrates the place of technology, self-expression, critique and community in the many decades and experiences of artists and activists living with AIDS. Participating artists include James Wentzy, Nelson Sullivan (1948–89), Ray Navarro (1964–90), Carol Leigh/Scarlot Harlot, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S King, Justin B Terry-Smith, and the Southern AIDS Living Quilt.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.