Art Production and the AIDS Crisis: A Tale of Three Cities

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The public, political and cultural response to the AIDS crisis, as well as its manifestation in art production in three American cities: New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, was discussed in a panel including Nayland Blake, Liz Kotz and moderator Matias Viegener

About the panelists 

Nayland Blake is an artist who has exhibited both domestically and internationally. He participated in the 1991 Whitney Biennial and the 1993 Venice Biennale. He has exhibited at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Location One, New York; and the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco.  Blake is currently employed as the chair at the International Photography Center-Bard MFA program. He lives and works in New York, where he is represented by Matthew Marks Gallery.

Liz Kotz is a Los Angeles-based art historian and critic. She has published essays in the catalogues The Anarchy of Silence: John Cage and Experimental Art (MACBA, 2009), Christian Marclay: Festival (Whitney Museum, 2010), and Konzept Aktion Sprache/Concept Action Language (Vienna: Museum of Modern Art, 2010), among others. Ms. Kotz is the author of Words to Be Looked At (MIT Press, 2007) and teaches modern and contemporary art history at the University of California, Riverside.

Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice.  His work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Ars Electronica, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Smart Museum of Art, the Blaffer Art Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), the Hammer Museum, the ARCOmadrid biennial, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as internationally. He teaches at CalArts.