AIDS Graphics, Selections

In 1987, during the early years of the AIDS crisis, a group of New York artists and activists formed ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) to raise awareness about the growing epidemic.

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ACT UP, and later Gran Fury and other groups, made visually striking posters, pamphlets, stickers, and T-shirts that challenged the slow response by the U.S. government and others to the rapidly spreading disease.
Many of these printed materials utilized photography and photomontage, and most were created for specific media events or demonstrations.
In many cases, these posters and other materials were used in demonstrations.