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

By Memorial Art Gallery, River Campus Libraries

Sunday, May 22, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm

+ 10 dates

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:00am to 9:00pm
  • Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, May 28, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday, May 29, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 11:00am to 9:00pm
  • Friday, June 3, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, June 4, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Sunday, June 5, 2022 11:00am to 5:00pm

500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

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March 6–June 19, 2022

The first major exhibition devoted to the University of Rochester’s vast collection of HIV/AIDS-related posters. The exhibition features 165 of the most visually arresting and thought-provoking posters from the over 8000 posters from 130 countries 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 about this devastating global epidemic, underscoring how beauty and creativity have grown out of the tragedy and destruction of this deadly virus.

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