ISBN-10:
0262025701
ISBN-13:
9780262025706
Pub. Date:
11/19/2004
Publisher:
MIT Press
The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986--2003

The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986--2003

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Overview

The first collection of writings by a noted artist and activist whose work has focused on the AIDS epidemic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262025706
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/19/2004
Series: Writing Art
Pages: 285
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Gregg Bordowitz is an artist, writer, and Director of the Low Residency MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recipient of the 2006 Frank Jewitt Mather Award from the College Art Association, he is the author of The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings (1986–2003) (MIT Press) and General Idea: Imagevirus (Afterall Books/MIT Press).

James Meyer is Associate Professor of Art History at Emory University. He is the author of Minimalism: Art and Polemics in the Sixties and the editor of The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986-2003 by Gregg Bordowitz (MIT Press, 2004).

Douglas Crimp is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester. He is the author of On the Museum's Ruins and Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, both published by the MIT Press.

What People are Saying About This

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Bordowitz's vital book wrestles the culture of American AIDS activism from the quicksand of popular amnesia.

Rosalyn Deutsche

Whether he's discussing the relationship between AIDS-activist video and Charles Ludlam's aesthetic of the ridiculous, applying Walter Benjamin's concept of messianic time to the experience of living with AIDS, or exploring the ethical position of film as witness, Gregg Bordowitz is at once passionately committed to socially engaged, theoretically informed art and searchingly honest about its difficulties. Representing a unique voice that refuses to separate the personal and the political, this is an indispensable collection for anyone interested in contemporary debates about cultural politics.

AA Bronson

I came to this work expecting a book on AIDS—a collection over time of thoughtful, persuasive writing emerging from the long tradition of American social activism. What I wasn't prepared for was the author's breadth of reflection, nor the depth of his thinking. Bordowitz's capacity for discernment is a constant intellectual delight. The writing borders on the theological, but God has been replaced by art, and theology by the history of writing about art. Bordowitz is unafraid to graze over the vast field of subject matter that this disease—his disease—brings into view: his writing emerges from his experience and speculation as a person living in the midst of death and life. Bordowitz deserves to be known and read as a writer as much as an artist.

From the Publisher

"I came to this work expecting a book on AIDS — a collection over time of thoughtful, persuasive writing emerging from the long tradition of American social activism. What I wasn't prepared for was the author 's breadth of reflection,nor the depth of his thinking. Bordowitz's capacity for discernment is a constant intellectual delight. The writing borders on the theological, but God has been replaced by art, and theology by the history of writing about art. Bordowitz is unafraid to graze over the vast field of subject matter that this disease — his disease — brings into view: his writing emerges from his experience and speculation as a person living in the midst of death and life. Bordowitz deserves to be known and read as a writer as much as an artist."—AA Bronson, artist

"Bordowitz's vital book wrestles the culture of American AIDS activism from the quicksand of popular amnesia."—Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, author of *Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity*

Paula A. Treichler

As a video artist, grassroots organizer, activist, intellectual, witness, and person with HIV, Gregg Bordowitz brings multiple vantage points to this thoughtful and original chronicle of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It is good news that Bordowitz's writings, originally appearing in widely disparate and often ephemeral publications, will now be available in one volume. Existing fans can now savor again Bordowitz's prescient interventions over the long course of the epidemic, and new fans can discover his uniquely articulate voice.

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