MACP faculty member and Artistic Director of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Sara Reisman

"Visual AIDS collaborated with the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation to create an informative Pride Month exhibition"

By Michael Valinsky

"The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is an important force in building stronger communities through artistic interventions in cities, public programming, and grantmaking initiatives for various organizations. For Pride Month, the foundation has collaborated with Visual AIDS, a non-profit arts organization that presents visual art projects and exhibitions that raise dialogue around supports artists living with HIV/AIDS. Claudia Maria Carrera and Adrian Geraldo Saldaña curated the multimedia group exhibition, entitled Voice = Survival, for Visual AIDS at the foundation’s gallery, The 8th Floor.

The gallery was founded in 2010 in response to the Rubin’s private art collection. 'They’ve mostly focused on Cuban contemporary art since they’ve opened the Rubin museum, but we’re not beholden to that focus anymore,' said Artistic Director Sara Reisman. 'What we’ve attempted to do is make the exhibition program much more public facing. That’s aligned with the relatively new art and social justice mission of the foundation.'

The show, which takes inspiration from ACT UP’s motto 'Silence = Death,' explores the ways in which voice can be used as a mode of sustained and systematic protest. The curators consider voice as a metaphor and wanted to push ACT UP’s slogan in a more productive and constructive direction. To explore these ideas, they’ve chosen to include a broad selection of work, ranging from film to poetry and embroidery..."

Read the full article on the website for Out Magazine

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