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Up Against the Wall

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

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster offers nearly 200 examples of visually arresting and socially meaningful posters, taken from more than 8,000 held in the collection in the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. The collection, one of the largest of its kind in the world, was donated to the University of Rochester by Dr. Edward Atwater.


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Overview

Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster offers nearly 200 examples of visually arresting and socially meaningful posters, taken from more than 8,000 held in the collection in the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries’ Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation. The collection, one of the largest of its kind in the world, was donated to the University of Rochester by Dr. Edward Atwater. The book accompanies an exhibition of AIDS education posters displayed at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

The posters, spanning the years from 1982 to the present, show how social, religious, civic, and public health agencies have addressed the controversial, often contested terrain of the HIV/AIDS pandemic within the public realm. Organizations and creators tailored their messages to audiences, both broad and very specific, and used a wide array of strategies, employing humor, emotion, scare tactics, simple scientific explanations, sexual imagery, and many other methods to communicate powerfully and effectively.

About the Editors
Donald Albrecht is an independent curator and author based in New York City. His exhibitions and books have ranged from overviews of cultural trends to profiles of individual designers, architects, and photographers. Jessica Lacher-Feldman is the exhibitions and special projects manager, and is the curator of record for the AIDS Education Posters Collection in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, at the University of Rochester. Dr. William M. Valenti is an infectious diseases specialist in Rochester, NY, and the co-founder of Community Health Network, now Trillium Health.

About the Exhibition
An exhibition of the same name will be on view at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, March 6–June 19, 2022. Visit the MAG website to learn more.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (08/2021)
ISBN-13: 9781939125781
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 187, mostly color
Size: 9 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 3lb

Table of Contents

Foreword    vii
Jonathan Binstock and Mary Ann Mavrinac

Preface: Locating AIDS in an Image Commons    xi
Avram Finkelstein

Introduction: A Historical Perspective    1
Donald Albrecht 

Worlds of Signification: Power and Subjectivity in Global AIDS Posters    9
Jennifer Brier and Matthew Wizinsky 

Poster Portfolio    25
Introduction by Ian Bradley-Perrin 
Curated by Donald Albrecht

The Collection    203
Jessica Lacher-Feldman 

Afterword: Ending AIDS: Or How to Manage an Epidemic    209
William M. Valenti, M.D.

Contributors    214

Advisory Board    216

Acknowledgments    217