80WSE PRESENTS AIDS ACTIVIST EXHIBITION “GRAN FURY: READ MY LIPS,” JAN. 31-MARCH 17, 2012


80WSE Galleries is proud to announce the opening of "Gran Fury: Read My Lips," the first comprehensive exhibition documenting the work of Gran Fury, the influential AIDS activist arts collective. Gran Fury's work raised public awareness of AIDS, put pressure on politicians, and opened up a broader spectrum of understanding about the political and collective art practices that flourished in downtown New York during the 1980s and 1990s.

Housed within the Steinhardt School Department of Art and Art Professions, 80WSE Galleries is proud to announce the opening of "Gran Fury: Read My Lips," the first comprehensive exhibition documenting the work of Gran Fury, the influential AIDS activist arts collective. Gran Fury's work raised public awareness of AIDS, put pressure on politicians, and opened up a broader spectrum of understanding about the political and collective art practices that flourished in downtown New York during the 1980s and 1990s.

Curated by Gran Fury and 80WSE Assistant Director Michael Cohen, the exhibition consists of 15 pieces including the group’s most important public works, "Kissing Doesn't Kill," "Welcome to America," and "Women Don't Get AIDS,” that will be reproduced in large-scale mural formats. Showing at 80 Washington Square East, the exhibition opens Jan. 31, runs through March 17, and is free and open to the public.

Naming itself after the model of Plymouth automobile used by the New York City Police Department, Gran Fury made public projects that were simultaneously scathing, provocative, stylish and often quite funny.  This exhibition conveys the collective's unique voice across a wide variety of media, including billboards, postcards, video, posters, and painting that helped to convey the urgency of the early AIDS crisis and led many into the streets to demand reforms that changed public policy and saved lives.

In the 80WSE Windows Gallery, Gran Fury will present a 25-foot window installation, facing Washington 500

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