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Web Gallery: Why Religious Images Now? curated by José Vidal

Posted Feb 01 2011 11:53am

Every month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project. For February 2011, José Vidal curates Why Religious Images Now? featuring artwork of Artist Members; Barton Lidice Benes, Mark Carter, Gregg Cassin, Gregory Maskwa, Berni Ortiz, Juan Andres Pulido, J. Robert Reed, John Sapp, Tom Shooter and Joey Terrill.

From the Curator's Statement:

As I worked my through the images in the archives of Visual AIDS, I began to notice a fairly large number of religious images.  I found this surprising, but also moving.  As I thought about it, I realized that I had simply assumed that most GLBTQ artists, even if they had been raised in religious households, were likely to be secular in their outlook, having decisively moved away from the religious traditions in which they had been raised.  As I worked my way through the archive, I realized that was simply not the case and I began to wonder why so many of the artists were drawn to religious themes and images? ( read more )

About the Curator Jose Vidal is an architect, interior designer and freelance curator in New York City.  He was the curator for the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College before opening a private art gallery in his home. Vidal specializes in promoting gay Latino artists as well as collecting their work.


[web gallery may contain adult content]

image: Gregg Cassin, Jesus Crowned...Black Madonna Glowing, 1999

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