Exhibitions on View: ‘Art AIDS America,’ and ‘Arctic Ambitions’

This fall, the UW Press is proud to co-publish a number of catalogs in conjunction with key exhibitions at museums currently on view throughout the Pacific Northwest and country.

We are pleased to share tour and additional program information for the namesake exhibitions connected to two recent releases, Art AIDS America and Arctic Ambitions.

We hope you will be able to see these powerful exhibitions in person and that the armchair art lovers among you will find much to appreciate in the accompanying books:

Art AIDS America
By Jonathan David Katz and Rock Hushka

Co-published with Tacoma Art Museum, Art AIDS America is the first comprehensive overview and reconsideration of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. This book foregrounds the role of HIV/AIDS in shifting the development of American art away from the cool conceptual foundations of postmodernism and toward a new, more insistently political and autobiographical voice. Art AIDS America surveys more than 100 works of American art from the early 1980s to the present, reintroducing and exploring the whole spectrum of artistic responses to HIV/AIDS, from in-your-face activism to quiet elegy.

The exhibition is organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and co-curated by Dr. Jonathan David Katz, director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Rock Hushka, chief curator and curator of contemporary and Northwest art at Tacoma Art Museum.

For more on this groundbreaking show, including details on the exhibition and artists, an audio tour, and other media coverage, visit Tacoma Art Museum’s On View page.

Exhibition Tour

Tacoma Art Museum, WA / October 3, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA / February 20 – May 22, 2016

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY / June 23 – September 11, 2016

View this and other videos about the exhibition on the Tacoma Art Museum Vimeo channel:

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
Edited by James K. Barnett and David L. Nicandri
Preface by Robin Inglis

Co-published with the Anchorage Museum, the Cook Inlet Historical Society, and the Washington State History Museum and accompanying the namesake exhibition, this collection of essays from international scholars uses artifacts, charts, and records of the encounters with Native peoples to tell the story of this remarkable voyage. The collection also uses Cook’s voyage as a springboard to consider the promise and challenge of the North today as an unique meeting place of powerful forces.

For more details including the full program schedule, visit the Washington State History Museum site.

Program Schedule

Washington State History Museum, WA / October 17, 2015 – March 6, 2016

History Speaks, October 22 at 12 p.m.: “Correcting Cook? The Origins of the Vancouver Expedition and the Evolution of the Northwest Passage” with historian Dave Nicandri

Gallery Talk, November 6 at 3 p.m.: Redmond Barnett, Head of Exhibits

History Speaks, November 24 at 12 p.m.: “The Naval Heritage of Tattoos” with Megan Churchwell, Curator at the Puget Sound Naval Museum

Gallery Talk, December 4 at 3 p.m.