Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster

Exhibition Dates: May 28, 2022 – June 12, 2022

Reception: June 10, 2022; 6-8:30pm

These posters are on loan from the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) is current show Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster.  “This is the first major exhibition devoted to the University of Rochester’s vast collection of HIV/AIDS-related posters.  The exhibit in the MAG features 165 of the most visually arresting and thought-provoking posters from the over 8000 posters from 130 countries.  Thess posters were assembled by collector, physician, and medical historian Dr. Edward C. Atwater.  Dr. Atwater generously donated the entire collection, which also includes a broad range of AIDS-related ephemera, to the University’s River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation beginning in 2007.  Today it comprises one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.  Both the collection and the exhibition illustrate the wide range of communication strategies used to educate and inform people this devastating global epidemic.” 

GO ART! was lucky enough to acquire through loan 28 of these posters for display for the first half of June (Pride Month).