Day Without Art: ALVIN AILEY film


December 1 (Friday)
Day without Art movie: ALVIN AILEY
noon & 2 p.m.

Today the Museum acknowledges Day Without Art activities around the globe with a film screening and a partnership with the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown, who will have their literature available at the Museum. In addition, as in years past the Museum will cover a work of art to dramatize the loss of art and artists due to AIDS. Hanging in Butz Gallery but not visible will be the silk screen GROWING (1988) by Keith Haring, who died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990. 


Dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey died of AIDS on December 1, 1989—the first global Day Without Art, when creative people come together to celebrate the lives of friends and colleagues lost to HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day also celebrates the lives of those lost, as well as those who fight against the spread of the virus.

In honor of Day without Art, the Museum is screening twice the movie Lincoln Center: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (110 mins). Included is a performance of Ailey’s Revelations, a stunning, soulful tour de force that draws on African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs, and holy blues. Also featured are Wayne McGregor’s sumptuous Chroma, set to a score by Joby Talbot with orchestrations of songs by the White Stripes; Ronald K. Brown’s Grace, a powerful meeting of modern and West African dance with a soundtrack by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, and Fela Kuti; and Robert Battle’s humorous, high-flying Takademe.


Then tonight at 7, drop by the Bradbury-Sullivan Center, just a few blocks away from the Museum at 522 West Maple Street, for their Reel Queer Film Series screening of Still Around, a feature-length compilation of 15 narratives of people living with HIV. The screening is followed by a talkback facilitated by Joel Ealy, HIV Counselor at the Center. For more information call 610-347-9988.